I’ve got no idea how my third attempt with the video post went but figure that little exercise is a tad too time consuming for a quick update on phase three. Below is the usual written version…
Just back from our appointment with James Bull the Chemo dude. Yes, today was an important day determining the strength and time of chemo. The good news is, in terms of surgical outcome, James reiterated that my case was 100% successful, and acknowledged how remarkable that was given the size and bulk of the body-building squatter that occupied my back passage. The other good news is I won’t lose my hair – a big fat yay to that! As you all know, looking like a cancer patient really bothered me so at least I won’t look like one so much now. The bad news – if I opt for what James suggests – is I’ll need to take both oral and intravenous forms, the latter requiring a 2 hour drip in lovely Lismore every fortnight and the former a continuation of the tablets I took in the lead up to surgery. Both will be taken for 2 weeks at a time followed by a 7 day break, over a 4-6 month period.
Given that I responded well previously, James doesn’t anticipate any problems but the problems if they do occur will be nausea, numbness in the hands and feet with a possible slight burning sensation. If I do encounter problems, he says we can omit the IV version and simply run with the oral. Of course I would prefer to run with the oral only, however James reckons we should run with the best possible solution which is both combined.
The reason for this mop up chemo is that whilst ‘they’ got all the baddies during surgery and that the baddies had already died with the lead up treatment, they don’t know how active the one remaining lymph node was prior to the lead up treatment of radiation and chemo and they have no way of knowing. So, the proposed mop up is precautionary only i.e., give my body the best chance of completely eradicating anything microscopically damaging.
So, there you have it, phase 3 is about to get underway – crossing fingers big time it’s as cruisey as James makes out.