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Oncology 8.0

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Can you believe it… 8 CT scans in less than 12 months. Each scan ironically gives you enough radiation for a 1 in 800 chance of developing cancer over a lifetime. Of course, since I’m already there, that statistic is a little incidental.

This scan only had one round of chemotherapy from the last one, which means that it was unlikely to show anything too exciting. It basically showed that one of the nodes is 1mm bigger.

This is effectively within the margin of error, and even if it is actually accurate, given the lack of treatment that I had between scans, there is nothing that can be reliably concluded from it. So the consensus, after the onc’s, the surgeons, and the radiologists mulled over it, is that it continues to be ‘stable’ disease. Which, all things considered is actually pretty good. When you consider the fact that in October of last year they found the recurrence, and there has been very little change in effectively one year, I’m doing pretty well so far.

It’s looking like I’m gonna make my 30th birthday in November, and even Christmas too! I’m really hoping I survive long enough for the Rugby World Cup next year, and we should probably start taking bets on Christmas 2011 and 2012. 🙂

Till next time…

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  1. Louise Reynolds
    September 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hang in there, Jared. We are all with you in thoughts and prayers and love.

  2. Sharee Harkness
    September 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Yea Jared – that’s REAL cool. =) We finally get your blogs – so great to keep up!
    Love to Hannah from us too.
    Sharee & Brendon x

  3. rhys
    September 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    i’m definitely gunning for Christmas ’12! do it!

  4. September 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Good on ya mate. hang in there, foursquare just won’t be the same without you.

  5. Simon
    September 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Out of interest, do you know why they scanned so close together with only one round of chemo in between? Given your comments in paragraphs two and three it seems unlikely that the most recent scan would have shown anything of consequence and as you state it does expose you to a non-trivial amount of radiation.

    • Jared
      September 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Ordinarily, they don’t scan so often. The main reason for the regular 6 weekly scans are purely because of the trial I was on. It turns out that they continue with the scans once the trial is finished as well as part of the follow up. I had originally thought they might go back to 3 monthly scans rather than 3 weekly…. and I might still just opt out of having scans so frequently.

  6. Tarryn
    September 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Ur awesome Jared. We’re coming back to visit nxt Xmas, so u better not go anywhere b4 then! Give my love to Hannah.

  7. September 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I am looking forward to our next coffee at PK Dunedin. Cheers

    • Jared
      September 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      I’ll be at PK auckland if you are there 🙂

  8. Maree
    October 4, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Yeah!!!! Amen! Amen! Amen Brother!!! Bring it on!!!!
    Love your attitude! Be praying for you this coming weekend for the Promise Keepers conference, you will be a blessing to soooo many guys, what a great opportunity. May the Lord use you mightily and may you be blessed abundantly Jared. Love and hugs, Maree x

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