We met with Kaiser's medical oncologist Monday 9/23. He confirmed that chemo does not help fight Chordoma. Radiation is the key to success. However, it is not just about normal photon radiation, we need proton radiation. So, our first challenge is with our healthcare provider to get them to refer us out to a hospital that is equipped to handle proton radiation (ours does not). At this point, we are waiting for the doctor to speak with the chief to present the recommendation to the board.
Radiation will be 5 days a week for 6-8 weeks. The side effects of proton radiation will be little if anything until halfway through it. And then, maybe some fatigue, nausea, and a sore throat.
Treatment should start within 6-8 weeks of surgery (8/24), so 2-4 weeks from now.