Wednesday, July 23
by Tony Kempster on Wed 23 Jul 2008 19:03 BST
Saw the chemo man today and he is going to treat my condition in two ways.
Firstly, a 12 week course of chemotherapy. This will be in tablet form and I will take two a day (one after breakfast and one after evening meal) for 2 weeks and then have a week off. This 2 weeks on and 1 week off will be repeated for 12 weeks
Secondly by control of the diet. I am being put in touch with a dietician.
They will take a scan at the beginning of the treatment and a scan at the end of the 12 weeks to see how I am doing and adjust the dose/mixture accordingly at the end of 12 weeks.
There is likely to be some side effects - the most probable one will be feeling really tired. The drug I am being treated with is Capecitabane and more about it and its side effects can be found here.
Without chemo, my life expectancy would be 6 months. With it, I can expect 2-4 years and because of my relatively young age (58) and reasonably good general health, probably a bit longer.
Friday, July 18
by Tony Kempster on Fri 18 Jul 2008 15:22 BST
Saw the man today for the results of my scans and as I expected, the cancer has spread too far for them to be able to operate.
This means I will be going on a course of chemotherapy. Exactly how this will work we won’t know until next Wednesday when I go to see the chemo expert – a guy called Kim Last. He will then outline what I can expect.
It is also likely that, as they are not going to operate, they will put a stent into my bowel so that the waste product can get past the tumour and out of my body.
Wednesday, July 16
by Tony Kempster on Wed 16 Jul 2008 11:30 BST
I have spoken to my contact at the hospital today who tells me that the results of my two recent scans will be discussed at an MDT meeting on Friday 18th July. MDT is multi disciplinary team and is all the experts getting together to make a decision.
I should hear this decision about what course of treatment I can look forward to on Friday afternoon or evening.
The next post will be to let you know what that decision is.
Monday, July 7
by Tony Kempster on Mon 07 Jul 2008 14:29 BST
The dates for my two scans have now been confirmed. I have an MRI scan on my liver on Wednesday 9th July in York and a PET scan on my abdomen in Hull on Friday 11th July.
The results of these should be available on Tuesday 15th July when,.hopefully, I should hear what course of treatment I can look forward to.