Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We went to our appointment at Huntsman yesterday. The staff was very nice and brought up some concerns they had. First, we still didn't know the stage of the cancer. They said if Curtis was going to be a patient there, they need to know the stage of the cancer. They would like to do a PET scan and a rectal ultrasound (under anesthesia). We were told at Utah Cancer Specialists that they won't know the stage until they do surgery (after he does some chemo and radiation). Hunstman also does not prefer to use Xeloda because everyone absorbs drugs differently, so it is hard for them to tell exactly how much is being absorbed. They prefer to use 5-FU directly into a port. It will take longer with Huntsman to start chemo and radiation because we need to meet with the doctors up there now.