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Oncology Update 4.0

So, the results from my last scan are in!…

Basically, the scan, which was only about 5 weeks after the previous one, showed that existing nodes are getting smaller, and the one node that was getting bigger in the previous scan is now static. So that is a whole heap of improvement with only 2 rounds of chemo inbetween scans. Of course, I’m still only half way thru chemo, ideally we would like to see them all shrinking, and with them gone by the time chemo has finished.

Each scan is apparently your average 1 years worth of background radiation, and I have had about 6 or 7 of them in the last 14 months. I get scanned every  6 weeks (or every three rounds) because of the drug trial I’m on, so all this information (and radiation) is a lot more than the average chemo patient gets.

Again, the radiologist concluded that it is ‘stable disease’. That is a heap better than progressing disease, and less good than regressing disease.

Till next time…

  1. rhys
    March 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

    encouraging results with half your chemo still to come (a blessing and a curse)! praying for you two 🙂

  2. Becky
    March 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Yay, that is not bad news! Promising 🙂

  3. kristiananderson
    March 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hey man… that’s great news. I had my first scan in 5 months the other week with good results. Some tumours have disappeared completely while the big nasty ones are half the size they were pre-treatment. They’re also showing up on the scan a very pale grey instead of the black colour they were previously. It’s nice to have something to justify the violence of the chemotherapy. Feel crap but get better in the process. Small price to pay I guess.

    We’ll beat this… both of us.

    Thinking of you and Hannah.


  4. Sarah
    March 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

    That’s great. Encouraging news.

  5. Margot & Richard
    March 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Well Done! I’m sure your positive attitude contributes as well! God bless. M & R

  6. Anna S
    March 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Yay! Stable is definitely better than progressing.

  7. March 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Jared, that’s great!! Next scan we’ll expect that big sucker to have succumbed to the chemo as well!! Praying it gets the hint and leaves the building!

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