So, my last post was about how my writing has shifted from dealing with “process” to increasingly philosophical issues. And, lo, this post is about…process!
Why? (There; a little philosophy for you.)
I figured it would be helpful to share an update about what’s going on, since there’s been a noticeable increase is inquiries about how I’m doing.
Thursday last I went to see the oncologist and we reviewed my blood work and most recent CT. The bottom line is that I will be continuing with the Japanese drug (TAS-102) for at least one more cycle starting today (two weeks on and then two weeks off), after which I will go back to the oncologist. In the meantime, the name of the game is to control as best we can my pain and sleeplessness.
While my tumor markers are up and the last CT scan I had (late May) indicated disease progression, particularly in my liver and pancreas, I should point out that it is not all good or bad in terms of pain and sleep. For example, the past couple of nights were good nights for sleep. Only one bathroom break each night and NO need for additional pain meds. That’s a big deal.
Also, I’m feeling as though things are a bit more in control. So much so, that Tammy and I are considering a trip to NY the last week in July and first few days of August. The oncologist agreed and even wrote me a note to present to the insurance company so I can get travel medical coverage.
All in all this is good news, in that my oncologist didn’t seem all that perturbed about my test results. She is of the opinion that we have to give the TAS some time to kick in.
That said, we continue to closely monitor how I’m feeling and, I’m pleased to say, things seem to be trending positive.