Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cycle 6

Well I started my LAST cycle today. I can't tell you how good it feels to type that.

I feel pretty lousy but that is nothing new, two more weeks and I will be, hopefully, done with chemo.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just to clear things up

A couple of people have asked, so I thought I would explain why my news from stanford was so welcome.

When I visited stanford, the initial review of my PET/CT and pathology led them to conclude that my tumor had not reduced in size to any significant degree. This is in stark contrast to view that it had reduced by 75%.

The consequence was that my treatment would have to be revised and extended. However, as you have already read, their board concluded that I am actually on schedule.

It goes to show what an imprecise science this is. For a couple of days we were fearing the worst, so we are mightily relieved.

As I approach the start of my sixth and final cycle (YAY) I am starting to reflect on the experience and also the number of people I have met that have not been so lucky. It is a short life in any case but you never know when or why it might be cut short. Cherish every moment, loved one, and friendship, and remember that when you are in your last moments there is a list of things that you are unlikely to utter.

"I wish I had spent more time at work"
"I wish I had done more housework"
"I wish I hadn't spent so much time on the golf course"

I'll sign off with one last thought.

How come the stock price didn't fall when I got sick?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Great news

Just heard from Stanford. They have determined that I am on track and don't need to change my treatment.

This is a huge relief, the cumulative effects of the treatments are beginning to wear me down so the thought of an additional two months of chemo was not very welcome.

I think I will allow myself a small celebration tonight!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back from Stanford

Well, we just spent 3 hours at the advanced medicines center, Stanford.

After reviewing my pathology and PET scans they have decided that the need to discuss my case before a full panel.

Until they make their conclusion, Monday PM, there is little point is sharing their prima-facia opinion.

Speak to you soon.