Monday, September 21, 2009

99% Great News

I had a series of tests and visits at my cancer center today. It began with a blood draw at 6:30 AM, a chest CT with iodine contrast at 8:00 AM, and ended with an oncology clinic visit at 10:00 AM. I was done at 10:30 AM. The phlebotomist left me with a nice little gift… a black blood mark the size of a half dollar on the inside of arm where it bends at the elbow. It may take months for that to disappear. My chest CT was completely clear. Yahoo. My doctor saw no areas of concern during my physical exam. He looks for lumps and bumps, discoloration, tissue tone, etc. That makes it 23 months with No Evidence of Disease (NED). All of this is great news. I’m not sure who enjoys this more, my doctor or me. Needless to say, we’re both very pleased.

The other 1%. We talked about my continued use of the Tarceva. It’s a daily chemo pill and I’ve been on the maximum dosage of 150 mg for 21 months. Prior to the 23 months with no evidence of disease, I had my original cancer diagnosis and 3 recurrences in a 2 year time frame. He believes what I suspected he believed. The Tarceva is keeping my cancer from recurring. The drug side effects have been tolerable. As such, I will continue this treatment. The scary part here is, when will this drug stop being effective? No one knows. It could be days / weeks or it could be years. I’m so much better off than others, but this 1% is raining on my parade.

Take care everyone.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ed, that's great news. What a relief. I was a teensy-bit nervous, and I'm sure you were moreso. I'm so glad the news continues to be good. 23 months, with many, many more ahead.

Love,
Fran from Pit

Anonymous said...

Awesome dude, what'd the docs say about the other issue i.e. fixing your golf game? I guess there's only so much that is possible!

Hal

Anonymous said...

Nice Going Ed!
I'm very pleased that you continue to do so well!

John Horne

Anonymous said...

1. A botched phlebotomy: I'd have imagined they'd be real good at what they do 10000 a year -- my good phlebo at Hillman is someone I look for. 2. Tarceva: do you have access to it for as long as it;s working? Are substitutes or improvements being worked on? Glad it's tolerable. 3. Mom's death: on my mind -- quickly brings you up ... no matter what: you're the family hero, taking Mom's place (sort of!).

L Dad

amy said...

Ed. Great News!!!!! We think of you often. I have never met anyone as strong and determined as you are. Amy Fraser

Anonymous said...

Ed,
We are so happy to hear that your scan was clear!!
Love and healing vibes are sent your way, Jean, Chuck & the boys

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, ED! You must have been so relieved with the results. I am really glad to hear the good news!
Take care,
Love,
Clare

Anonymous said...

Great, great news Ed! I'm very pleased for you!

John Horne
Pensacola