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Oncology 16.0

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Once again, my posts are a little slow in the updating. There are two main reasons for this, both of which don’t involve work for a change.

Two weeks ago, I had a CT scan to see where things are at. The scan was one of the more significant scans I have had (which was the 16th in 4 years) because it’s job was to tell us whether or not the new disease is responding to chemotherapy. The short answer to this is yes, it is.

The liver metastasis has gone from 2.3cm to 1.3cm, the possible involved retroperitoneal lymph node has gone from 7mm to 11mm, and the mesenteric metastasis that showed up on the previous PET doesn’t get a mention in this scan. The first point of note here is that there is NO NEW DISEASE. This is important, because it means the cancer is responding to treatment. There were broadly speaking, two main categories I was going to fall into here, one was widespread metastasis, the other is stable disease. Fortunately, we have fallen into the latter. The second point, is that it is important not to read too much into the 1cm shrinkage of the liver met. The reason for this is that liver mets tend to be the most responsive to chemo of all other sites, shrinkage does not mean we are heading for a cure, it means the disease is not progressing. But disease not progressing is a good thing. It means I’m knocking on the door of a longer life expectancy (hopefully measured in 1-2 years) rather than a shorter one measured in 6-12 months.

So that is great news, and lieu of that, we bought a house. This has been one of the distractions of the past week.

The second great distraction is the fact that this update has an international flavour, and comes to you direct from Rome, Italy. We have just started our three exploration of pasta, pizza, culture and history.

I shall leave you with a taste of our adventure.


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  1. September 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Congratulations on the CT scan result and the purchase of your house. May God’s peace be with you and your loved ones. Best wishes from Sydney, Australia 🙂

  2. Christy Rolfe
    September 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    so happy for you both to have some stability, have a memorable holiday and we will think of you having fun – its great about the house too, Best wishes, Christy Rolfe

  3. Dyana Parore-Connell
    September 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Hi there. So pleased to hear that the cancer is responding to treatment. Enjoy your holiday. Exciting for you two is the purchase of house. Take care.

  4. Peter Choi
    September 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    great to hear jared, enjoy europe!

  5. Alison Ellison
    September 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Bravo Jared on this good news .You deserve plenty of good times on your travels and exciting to have a new home to come back to. Positive thoughts to you both.

  6. Delphine
    September 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Enjoy your journey in italy. Take care

  7. September 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Ccongratulations on buying your first house. Glad to hear the disease isn’t progressing, and really pleased you had this good news before going on holiday. Have a wonderful time.

  8. October 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    WOOOHOO, stoked to find these last two posts! SO cool seeing you over in fancyland havin some fun and seeing some sights with Wifey. 🙂 Have some pepperoni pizza for me! 🙂

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