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May 04, 2005

Special Mid-chemo Popping Cancer Update: scan results.

The other thing about cancer is, expect to be surprised.

I've been fretting for a couple weeks about the options concerning this CATscan. What if the tumors are bigger? What if they are smaller?

Well, the truth is a third option: everything is the same. The two smaller tumors in my left lung are exactly the same, while the larger one is less than a tenth of a centimeter longer.

This is what we in the cancer business call "mild good news." Cancer, if left alone, ALWAYS grows, and usually quickly. It never rests or reaches a size it is happy with. Remember the two new tumors in my left lung grew up suddenly out of nowhere over the course of one chemotherapy session. Therefore, this new chemo is probably making a difference, just not shrinking it yet.

So we do another two three-week cycles of the same chemotherapy, starting today. In fact, I have just gotten home from getting the drugs and I expect to start feeling it in about half an hour. I thought I'd just pop in before the fireworks begin to let you know what's going on.

Posted by Dan at May 4, 2005 10:54 AM

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I'm thinkin' the key word there is "yet"..... And "mild good news" is always better than no good news any stinkin' day... or glorious day either....

It is a great day to be alive! So enjoy living even while doin' chemo.... Faith and attitude.. A winning combination...

Posted by: Cam at May 4, 2005 11:53 AM

I am much more relieved that the chemo had some effect than I thought I would be.

Wonderful news. I'm going to go tell my mom now.

Posted by: Cobby at May 4, 2005 01:10 PM

Hang in there, Dan. Lots of light and prayers coming your way. "Mild good news" is good news - I'll keep praying

Posted by: chava at May 4, 2005 01:48 PM

FANTASTIC! Things are looking positive - will keep praying.

Posted by: Marge Nead at May 4, 2005 02:31 PM

That is great...I am so glad the chemo is having an effect. Stay strong and know that we, all your invible visitors to your site, are rooting for you.

Posted by: jo at May 4, 2005 02:41 PM

Thanks for the update. I'm extremely happy for you that they are continuing treatment. I wish there was some way I could help in this fight. I'm continually amazed by your courage. I'm certain I'd be a blubbering mess if I was in your shoes.

Posted by: Ralph at May 4, 2005 02:57 PM

I'm with everybody else here, Dan: "mild" good news is still good news! I'll TAKE it! So glad for the update...

Posted by: Gail at May 5, 2005 08:31 AM

Keep hoping. And keep going one day at a time.

Posted by: Ara at May 5, 2005 09:19 AM

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