Friday, March 27, 2009

Oh yeah, the point!

Finished with the doctor.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in this and that tip of the lung or pain the pelvis and forget that there's at least theoretically a point to all these logistics and trips to New York: Getting a drug that will help me. In part because we just had a CT scan two weeks ago, in part because I'm feeling tired, I hadn't focused on the results of today's scan.

They were pretty good!

My disease is stable, and my nastiest tumor actually shrank a fair bit. Another significant one didn't show any change. I'm not sure if big nasty's decline crossed the 20 percent threshold or not -- no formal report yet -- but it's been a long time for me since anything shrunk even modestly.

And, obviously, my lungs look a lot better. How'd that happen?

Ironically, though, today's "stable" (but improving slightly) disease, unlike six weeks ago's "stable" (but progressing slightly) disease, earns me a one-way trip into randomization. We will receive either the drug or placebo today, and I will resume taking some kind of medicine tonight.

The protocol I have praised highly here in the past is now biting me in the ass.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Very Very excellent news!! I'm so so happy for you. I will find out if I'm randomized or out next Wed. I am a tad nervous.