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Here’s the latest update…

I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything on this.  Partly it’s because things have been going so well.  Partly it’s because I’ve been so busy working on the score for “The Producers”.

This morning I went to see my Medical Oncologist.  I forgot I was actually seeing him.  I thought they were just hooking me up to my pump again.  Since I was seeing Dr. Mamood, I got blood tested, blood pressure, temperature and weight checked too.  Everything looks good still, although I’ve lost another 6 pounds.  I’m actually at the weight I was while I was in the Navy (a million years ago).

My Doctor told me that his partner has a patient with the exact same kind of cancer.  I can’t imagine the odds against that.  Since they both have a patient with Ampullary Cancer, they have been comparing notes.  It seems that the protocol isn’t always the same.  He suggested to me that when i’m done with Radiation and we go back to once a week Gemzar treatments, he may want to extend those treatments.  Originally I was scheduled to have 3 more months after Radiation.  He is suggesting that I consider 6 months instead.

I have to admit, my first impulse was to say no.  I’d really like to be done with all of this.  After thinking about it for  about a second I told him that we can go for as long as he wants.  The treatments aren’t that bad, and after all, I would rather make sure we take care of this the first time!  As of right now I’m not sure what we’re going to do.  I told him it was entirely up to him.  He told me that we would decide at my next appointment (in two weeks).  My feeling is that at a minimum we are going to go for 4 months.  We’ll know more after that.

On a different note…  I met with my Radiation Oncologist last Tuesday.  Lisa accused her of giving me placebos.  My side effects have been so minimal throughout this whole thing.  I will admit though, I’m seeing my friends (that are going through treatments with me) starting to feel the effects.  To a certain degree I feel guilty, but blessed, to still feel good.

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