It has been a long week. We returned from a short holiday on Sunday, and I have been laid up with fatigue and a head cold all week. Plus the usual scanxiety leading up to the oncologist meeting today for result of scans and blood tests. And the news is….drum roll….excellent!
In a nutshell everything is OK and we have scheduled a meeting in April for a periodic review.
The scan showed: –
- Neck – no evidence of metastatic disease
- Chest – improvement in appearance from previous with reduction in size of the AP window mass and adjacent preaortic lymph node. No new evidence of metastatic disease. (The tumour that caused loss of voice has reduced from 53 x 48mm to 40 x 33mm)
- Abdomen and pelvis – stable appearance to the soft tissue in the right retroperitoneum and pelvis. Stable skeletal metastases
PSA had increased from 27 to 32 but the oncologist is not concerned about this.
The oncologist said the blood tests were all OK (last time I had mild anaemia). Now that I have read the reports I can see that the indicators for anaemia are all low, so there has been no improvement here.
I stopped psychiatric support last year when the shrink stopped visiting our town. There is a new shrink visiting now, so I have asked for this to re-commence. I really struggle with any sort of stress and I am emotionally unstable, so hopefully they can help.
The antidote for fatigue is activity, so I need to get busy.
It is huge relief and I hope I get a good sleep tonight.
Good health and happiness to all. Cheers, Phil