About two months ago I began my chemo treatments. Last Friday I had a CT scan to check on the status of all those nasty tumors residing in my lungs, liver and lymph nodes. Today Lee and I met with Dr. P to review the results of the CT scan…my 1st term report card. For this special occasion Lee donned her lucky Oregon Football t-shirt and I wore my lucky electric yellow Oregon watch.
When Dr. P entered the examination room, he immediately remarked to Lee: “I see you’re an Oregon Duck fan. I am an Arizona alumni.” I thought to myself, “Oh no, my fate rests in the hands of a Wildcat!” I hopped up onto the examination table, as Dr. P placed his hands on my throat to check my lymph nodes and thyroid gland he noticed my watch ( how could he not?).
Enough silliness, let’s get to the results. First the lungs. I have many tumors in my lungs, most are small. Before I began chemo they measured the two largest tumors for a baseline reference point. One tumor was 4.7×3.3 cm, it is now 3.8×2.9 cm. The other was 3.3×2.2 cm and is now 2.1×1.9 cm. A solid reduction. The report noted that the numerous scattered tumors in my lungs had a “decrease in size and…development suggesting necrosis”. Necrosis is death by lack of blood supply, which is what one of my Chemo drugs does. Thank you Avastin!! The lungs show no new nodules or mass and the tissue looks great. The lungs earn a solid B from me.
Next is the liver. As you know know, the liver processes chemicals including chemo drugs AND red wine. Thus it is one of my favorite organs. Of the two reference tumors, one decreased from 4.7×3.3cm to 3.8×2.9cm and the other went from 3.3×2.2cm to 2.1×1.9cm. In addition my liver is functioning superbly, flawlessly processing the potent, nasty chemo drugs along with a dollop of superb red wine. I love my liver, what a job! The liver earns an A-!
The reference abnormal abdominal lymph node is almost back to normal size! My colon at the point where they glued it back together looks great. My guts earn an A this term.
Lee and I are extremely pleased with my first term results. We sincerely appreciate your prayers, good thoughts and baked goods. All of these provide us with fuel for our journey and empower us with positive thoughts. Thank you!
But we are well aware that this is just a start, a very good start, but still just a start. Cancer adapts to treatment and usually comes back strong. Currently there is no cure and survival at five years for my condition is less than10%. But we will ride this wave as long as we can, it’s a good ride. Medical science is constantly coming up with new things, the goal is to enjoy life and hopefully hang around long enough for the cure.
Speaking of enjoying life, here are two of this weeks joys: