Monday, February 23, 2009

PET Scan

So, just got back from the oncologist where we reviewed the results of my latest PET scan.

Not much has changed. There is still no sign of activity in my neck/chest/abdomen, but the mass remains. There is also some evidence of a problem with my lungs but we are not sure whether this is the result of bleomycin toxicity or just something that will eventually resolve itself. Another pulmonary function test will be scheduled to check the actual lung function so we can at least rule out bleomycin toxicity.

Needless to say I wanted a definitive and positive result and although my Doctor, the very capable and patient Dr. Kankipati remains positive about my prognosis, I still feel somewhat in limbo.

Radiation starts next week and that may yet shrink the mass, perhaps not. It may be something that I just need to accept will always be there, a trophy if you will :-)

I'll post again as soon as I determine what super powers I have developed from being irradiated daily. Knowing my luck I will become the Spleen; "Weapons check, pull my finger".

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

If it's not one thing, it's another

Just returned from my post chemo blood test. I was expecting a pretty simple in and out but while I was there I was collared by my oncologist.

Apparently my SED rate has spiked back up to the mid 40's. It might be a lab mistake or it may be an indication of some new activity, I have a PET scan on Feb 20th which should pick up anything that we need to be concerned about. I'll be on tenterhooks till then.

Just when you think you are almost through...

Long road back...

Nicky's regular walking partner, Sarah, had to cancel on her this am. I took the opportunity to accompany Nicky on her stroll around the crossings.

For various reasons, this was probably my first serious effort at taking some much needed exercise in a long time.

I have to say that, although we only went for a short stroll, it felt wonderful to be out and about with Nicky.

It is definitely going to be a long road back to fitness but at least I have taken the first tentative steps. Perhaps walking a golf course or two might be my next challenge ;-)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Last chemo

I had my last chem treatment today. I can't believe we have made it, at times it seemed a lifetime away.

The nurses and administrative staff at EpicCare gave a small performance and presented me with a certificate completion which was much appreciated. Although I will see them occasionally over the coming months I will certainly miss seeing them on a regular basis.

I meet we Dr. Chau on Friday, to begin planning for radiation. It will not happen for at least 3 weeks, to allow the chemo to be purged, but then it will be fairly intensive, with one treatment a day for at least 4 weeks.

I'll post again when we have details of the radiation plan.

Until then I am going to lie on the couch and remind myself that this is the last time I have to endure the side effects of chemo.