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Surgery 1.2

Over the past few weeks I have had various appointments with various specialists with regard to the future of my treatment.

Medical oncologists, colorectal surgeons, urology surgeons and radiation oncologists.

The consensus is, that I am to get a course of radiation therapy. The radiation oncologist seemed pretty keen to have a go at me with his fancy radiotherapy techniques, and all of them believe that given the histological findings of the resected nodes, that it would make sense to have some radiation as a back stop.

So what this means is that I am up for another PET scan in the next couple of weeks to reestablish a road map of my insides since they will have altered somewhat post surgery. Once that is done, we will get started on a course of radiotherapy. I am yet to establish how much radiation, and over what kind of time period this will actually entail, but I’m assured that with modern techniques, I should have minimal toxicity from it. This means my goal to go back to work at the end of May is still very much achievable, and the radiation shouldn’t affect my ability to work. This is some nice news, as I normally don’t associate the words cancer treatment and minimal toxicity in the same sentence.

Beyond all of this, the technical details, the medical management, is the slow realization that I might actually have a chance to live. I’m going to write more about this in due course, but as you might expect, its quite the mindset change, and not without its own traps. I have just finished reading the book published by Kristian Anderson and his wife Rachael Anderson called ‘Days Like These’, which I highly recommend. It chronicles Kristians journey with cancer from the beginning, to his final days and passing in January of this year. Its a close and intimate encounter with the struggles and the joys of this journey, and the tragedy of what this illness brings to people’s lives.

.. and I can’t help feeling guilty that I might get to live when he didn’t…

If it were up to me, if I had a say and a choice in these matters, I would gladly take his place so that he could be there for his children. Life isn’t fair, but then why do we have the expectation that it should be? Having an expectation that it should be only seems to set us up for disappointment when it isn’t….

As with everything, all of this is a work in progress. I don’t know yet if surgery was successful, only time will tell.

Until next time…

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  1. Dyana Parore-Connell
    April 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Goold luck with radiotherapy. I like that you remain positive.

  2. April 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Over the moon with joy for you and yours, at this news. Press on 🙂

  3. April 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    What would Kristian be saying to you now? ( I never knew him at all, unfortunately)

    My hunch would be that he would be thrilled for you (as we are) at this outcome so far, and would want you to continue to follow your dreams. To the max.

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