OK, I cheated. No spoiler alert. But I DID get your attention, right? Actually it should be more of a warning about TMI, because this is the clinical report:
Saw our oncologist (notice I said our since this is a family challenge) for the first time today. An outstanding doctor as all of the references had indicated. First on the agenda will be to schedule a PET scan this week. I’m going to ask if they can help find my missing cat. OK, that was pretty lame. Oops. I guess that would be a CAT scan. This test will help confirm or deny other areas of my body (especially the bugger on my cerebellum) that might or might not have active cancer cells. This test consists of injecting my body with some radioactive juice (called a tracer) that will congregate around and light up highly metabolic cells, of which cancerous cells fill the bill. The process takes about 2-3 hours for the juice to work its way throughout my body and then get scanned. Remind me not to drink a bunch of water beforehand. Asking a 60 year-old to hold it for three hours? What are they thinking?
The nasty dude in my brain is the higher priority right now since it poses the larger and quicker risk if left untreated. Therefore I will be meeting with a radiologist this week to go over a radiation therapy to zap the offender. Once that guy is fried, they can concentrate on my lung treatment.
Speaking of lungs, my doctor is referring me to a lung cancer specialist at UCSD whose specialty is exactly the type of cancer I have, where I have it and what is involved so far. She may have some new clinical trials available that could prove better suited to me than standard chemotherapy. However, if chemo is on my horizon, I thought it would be good to see how I might look in a beret. Of course most likely the silver locks will be gone. Eh, easy come, easy go. We shall see.
Still waiting for results of the last two tests to see if I might be a candidate for oral medication treatment. Even if that comes back positive, that treatment is a temporary one in that it typically only lasts about 9-18 months before the body gets immune to its benefits and we have to take another direction, usually chemo. TBD.
Probably won’t have another post until the PET scan. Don’t see too much to add before then. But I am still feeling pretty good and plan on continuing my regular schedule for now.
Day at a time. Business as usual.