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Oncology 10.0

We are into double figures now with the CT scans, and the report isn’t good.

The cancer is growing again.

Two nodes, one has increased from 10mm to 13mm, the other from 15 to 18mm. The other two nodes have remained static. This is consistent with the slow rising CEA that I have had over the past 2 – 3 months, and together forms the clinical picture that the cancer is beginning to topple off it’s ‘stable’ status.

The CT scan is going to get a more formal review by radiologists, and then quite possibly a surgical/oncological/radiological collaboration review. Basically as it stands, if the cancer is no longer responding to the chemo, then options are rapidly running out. We can try similar drugs again, such as Oxaliplatin, which was used in my first line chemo regimen, or we can look at third and fourth line options. The problem with third and fourth line options are that they are not funded by pharmac, so if we choose to go down them, we will financially haemorrhage ourselves.

The future at this stage is a big unknown. Oxaliplatin will mean some serious limitations to how much I can work as a Doctor. The side effects can be pretty debilitating. Lets just wait and see what the Onc’s think.

..aaaahhh uncertainty..

It keeps life interesting…

Categories: Cancer Update
  1. Jaime
    January 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Jared and Hannah,
    our prayers are with you. Grace, peace, strength, hope and love be yours.
    J and Rhys

  2. Luke
    January 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Wrote about three responses deleted them all. We know each other well enough, that you know what I think. I really think this particular cancer needs to have the stuffing kicked out of it. I’m quite happy to take it into a back alley (the UK has some especially dark ones) and do the deed.

  3. January 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm


    As Luke said, hard to know what to write. Strength and peace be with you always.


  4. Lisa Fackler
    January 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Time for a miracle I say! Praying for healing and strength for you and your loved ones.

  5. frances
    January 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    What to say except that we love you both and are amazed at the way you are coping with this journey. Has anyone ever been so open and honest? Am using a study guide on God’s questions to us at the moment. It seems to me that you are one who has already fronted up to those questions, Jared. Blessings.

  6. Tarryn
    January 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    We love you both and are praying for you and your docs xox

  7. Jared
    January 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks everyone for your support. Hannah and I appreciate it.

  8. Jane
    January 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Jared and Hannah….what stink news! Like others have said, what to write? What can I say apart from Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    All the best for your Parachute speaking engagment.

  9. Deborah Walker
    January 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Jared and Hannah, you will continue to be in our prayers for strength and an abundance of Gods grace. Keep fighting the good fight! xxx

  10. Maree
    January 29, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Yes I echo Lisa’s comment, right behind you guys!! Will continue to keep you and Hannah in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Maree xx

  11. patricia
    February 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Jared and Hannah, Although you do not hear much from us, we continue to pray… for courage, stamina and peace for both of you. Your lives do truly ‘tell the story’ as Jesus shines through- to use words from that Kendrick song! Be assured we will continue also to pray for the Lord’s healing touch on Jared. much love Patricia and Ian

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