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Oncology 17.0

This is a belated update of a CT scan that was done back in mid December. The reason for the delay has largely been due to waiting to find out it’s implications.

The scan showed ongoing stable disease, with further reduction of the hepatic lesion we noticed on PET back in May last year. The retroperitoneal node has increased by about 2mm, but within the margin of error, and there is some questionable new lymphadenopathy around the superior mesenteric artery and the inferior mesenteric artery of unknown significance. It is called unknown significance because it could be reactive, or it could be malignant, and only time will tell which it is.

The implications are that because this is disseminated disease, surgery would not realistically be an option. Surgery is largely reserved for localised focussed disease, and would likely cause more problems than it would solve in the current situation. This doesn’t mean surgery is off the cards permanently, as with all things, there is always ongoing review, but with all things being equal, surgery is unlikely to present itself as an option again except in a palliative setting.

So the plan for the time being is ongoing chemotherapy until the cancer stops responding to it. The rounds have been progressively getting rougher, so at some point toxicity will come into play as well. My next scan should be around mid March, which is fairly soon, and as always will help direct the next 3-6 months of my life.

Until next time…

  1. Geoff Wiklund
    February 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Love reading your stuff. Keep praying for you and am so glad you are hanging in there. May teh next scan be a good one. Blessings Geoff

  2. Bob Soper
    February 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Jared

    I have been following your journey with interest as I too am a bowel cancer survivor. I am 67 years old and had my tumour removed about 3 years ago. It appears that age is not always a predictor of this disease. Like you I live from period to period between tests etc.

    Your courage is an example to us all. My wife (Sue) is on the exceutive of BBCA and we have been doing education seminars when asked from an awareness point of view.

    Going ‘public’ as it were continues to increase the public awareness; so your TV appearances were great to assist the cause.

    I know you have plenty of supporters at this time; but this is to let you know Sue and I are with you and your family in thought and spirit every step of the way.

    KIndest regards

    Bob and Sue Soper

  3. Dyana Parore-Connell
    February 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Keep hanging on in there. Hope next scan shows some hope for you. All the best to you.

  4. murray
    February 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Jared – keep on keeping on brother, I continue to pray for you. I appreciate the updates. It is a remarkable journey, thank you for sharing with so many of us. When I read your blogs I sometimes wonder and hope and pray that something miraculous will happen, I cannot really truly appreciate what you are going through, I can only ask that God will bless you and be with you as the journey continues. Take care my friend . Love from the Fentons

  5. February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hello Jared, I have been reading your blog over the past 6 months and also appreciate learning about another person’s cancer experience. I am adding your blog to my NZ website for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers ( http://www.wellbeingworks.co.nz ) so that more people may benefit from the insights too. Many thanks, Julie

  6. courtney marsh
    March 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Jarod, just came across your blog. Im not replying and saying your an inspiration because of what you are going through,because everyone already knows you are. I dont know you outside of work. I wanted to say it is a pleasure working alongside you, with more years to come. Your empathy and patience is second to none. And you always go out of your way to answer my questions or to asist with things to help with patient care. You are meant to be a doctor. 🙂

    • Jared
      March 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Hey Courtney, thanks for your kind words. 🙂

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