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January 05, 2005

Popping Cancer Update 1-5-4

To quote Arthur's butler (and shame on you if you don't get the movie reference to this brilliant character): "I have seen the doctor, and he... has seen me."

The PETscan I did Friday had results within half an hour. First, you get the little tiny amount of good news: the original growth on my back is completely clean. No more cancer there.

Nice, but less meaningful when you hear the bad news: the cancer is definitely metastatic. It has spread not only to the second larger lump we kne about behind my heart, but to at least 5, and possibly as many as 10, other locations in my chest (5 or so were "indeterminate" sites).

This means a few things. One, it means surgery is out. No sense doing deep, invasive surgery if more of the things are just gonna keep popping up all over.

Two, radiation is less likely, since you can't really radiate the entire bloodstream. Unless you're writing a B-grade horror flick.

Three, the last-ditch option, chemotherapy (which, Popping Culture fans will recall, was last-ditch because the 8 years of chemotherapy I got as a teenager damaged my heart pretty bad, making more chemotherapy a probable ticket to heart not-workingage) may be the only option open now that will get the job done.

I have a meeting Friday with my oncologist that should set a course of treatment in place. Maybe they can mix in some new chemotherapy drugs beyond the ones that hurt my heart originally. Maybe the doctor has some other idea in mind.

Maybe I'm making things up because I'm out of other options.

I've stripped this entry down to bare-bones information sharing. Emotional response coming later in the day. We now return you to your popular culture news, already in progress.

Posted by Dan at January 5, 2005 10:00 AM

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Shit. Snake-eyes again.

Can I make a suggestion? Not sure who wrote the 49th psalm, but I do remember him saying, "I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp" or something to that effect.

It's always worked for me, my friend.

P.S. And the best part is, you don't even have to rent a Marx Bros. movie to get the total effect -- any music will do.


Posted by: Ara Rubyan at January 5, 2005 11:08 AM

That's not technically true. Anything by Avril Lavigne won't work.

Posted by: Big Dan at January 5, 2005 11:15 AM

Guh. That sucks.

I'll keep thinking good thoughts.

Posted by: Joel Caris at January 5, 2005 02:08 PM

I’m very sorry, Dan. Perhaps, under the circumstances, you should investigate alternative therapies.




Posted by: shep at January 5, 2005 05:17 PM

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