"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Making Good Progress

I had a PET Scan on Monday at the BC Cancer Agency and got the results from my Oncologist yesterday.  The long and short of it is we are making good progress and the scan basically confirms the clinical situation which is generally much improved.

I have been virtually "pain-free" for the last month and have been able to stop the morphine and other pain killers that have been part of my daily diet since September.  This represents significant improvement 

There were no surprises in the PET Scan.  The lungs, liver, and lymph systems are all clear.  There is no evidence of "soft-tissue tumours" at all.  There is still a low level of activity in the sacrum.  It registered very low in terms of FDG uptake but still a bit higher than normal.

Dr. Klimo is very pleased with the results and wants to stay the course with Erbitux treatment. According to my oncologist Erbitux is technically NOT a chemo.  I guess by that he means it is not a conventional cyto-toxic chemo.  Rather it is a "targetted growth inhibitor".  Whatever!  It seems to work well for me.  I call it the chemo that is NOT a chemo.  It still comes complete with an array of nasty side-effects though!

Here is an interesting story about Dr. Klimo and one of his patients.  Paul Klimo Story The patient in the story is on the same treatment that I am.  I am hoping for the same outcome!
Ever hopeful... Rob; in Vancouver

“Medical science has proven time and again
that when the resources are provided,
great progress in the treatment, cure,
and prevention of disease can occur.”
Michael J. Fox


Mad Meter Maid said...

Good to hear things are going well Rob!


Jim Martin said...

THanks for the Update Rob. Good to hear that you are making progress. Nothing but positive vibes coming from the North Coast. Cheers Jim

Colin said...

Happy it is going so well for you, Rob!! That is very exciting and encouraging and to be pain free..wow!
Great article about the gentleman with throat cancer.


Anonymous said...

Hey Rob,
I was just reading over Alex's internship application where she mentioned you supervised her in first year. I realized I haven't kept in touch. Glad you had some health updates when I checked in on you!
I can't believe you've been living with this thing for 4 years. Well time it was gone for good, I'd say! I will pray for you again...I was slacking off. But that new-fangled drug can always use a prayer-booster eh?
Love and peace,
Anna Christie