Friday, March 29, 2013
LET ME HAVE THAT SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
My chemo walk continues. With a bit of a diversion. I had finished the 3rd session of the Folfirinox and it was time for the CT scan. I had taken a week extra off so I could get a catarct removed from my right eye. WOW, that was great. One of those few medical procedures that had instant and tremendous results. So I went to see the oncologist for what would have been the start of the second round of Folfirinox and he said the blood numbers arent good, so there will be no chemo today. OK, I said, what about the results from the CT scan. Then he starts in by saying in very measured words, you know, when a man is caught in a lie by his significant other, and he is trying to say yeah I did it, but not in so many words. Yeah that kind of measured wording. I said, what are you trying to say, he says, the tumor has doubled. Doubled I say, well, actually two and a half times bigger he adds. OK, so instead of Folfirinox being like Roundup to a weed, it was more like Miracle gro to a flower. So he said, we will start Plan B next week. I said isnt Plan B lesser than A. He said that sometimes its not the obvious one that works. I saw him again yesterday for my labs and visit, and when I asked him what options are out there if Plan B doesnt work, he said, there are clinical trials out there. So, its this or nothing I said, he repeated that there are clinical trials out there. Read between the lines, some person 3 years from now may get Plan C which will be an outgrowth of todays clinical trials. So today, in about an hour I go to the chemo place and get Plan B. I hope this cocktail is shaken and not stirred.