Time for updates on old business and some news.
Last month, in BCG Immunology Treatment Started, I posted about the BCG Immunology treatment that I was undergoing for urinary bladder cancer. Ten days ago it was finished for now. Although the side effects were minimal compared to other things that I have undergone, it was great to be done with it.
I have an appointment for a cystoscopy in about six weeks. They put a camera in your bladder to look at it! Not pleasant, but it will show whether there are any signs of the cancer. I am told that I may have to have another three weeks of treatment in about three months.
In my post May 2016 Scotland and Iceland, I mentioned that I was having a great deal of trouble with sciatica. This is because I have what is known as “degenerative disk disease” in my lower back. The sciatica pain is caused by the vertibrae pinching the sciatic nerve and inflaming it. There has been pain and tightness in my back, both sides gluteous, hamstring and calves. It can be difficult to walk, stand and negotiate stairs. I had a real fear of falling sometimes.
Three and a half years ago, I had a milder version of this. My PCP put me on a three week treatment taking Prednisone tablets. It worked well and lasted for over two years.
I suggested this to my current doctor and he agreed. However, my urinary surgeon said that it would interfere with the imunology treatment. So, with doctor’s instructions, I have been taking far too much ibuprofen and it has started causing stomach issues.
I started taking the Prednisone three days ago! Hoorah! It’s working well. My back and legs are better than they have been in three months and getting better. Hopefully, the improvement will last a long while.
There are lots of cautions and problems with Prednisone. Be careful.
- Many people cannot tolerate it.
- Side effects can be major. See: Prednisone Side Effects.
- For almost everyone it should only be taken for a few weeks including a taper off. I have five days two tablets; five days one tablet; five days half tablet; five days quarter tablet; for a total of twenty days.
Neuroendocrine Cancer News
I feel lucky to report that I am having almost no problems associated with neuroendocrine cancer at this time.
My friends at The Healing Net Foundation publish a blog by my specialist Dr. Eric Liu and other very interesting things.
- First, they publish a very good information pamphlet for medical professionals. When you realize that your doctor knows little or nothing or wrong things about your NETs, see if they will read it: NET Primer: Informational Brochure . It’s also pretty readable for us patients.
- This is an exciting new blog entry from Dr. Liu:
REASONS FOR HOPE–New in NETs
- An article on research in Sweden hoping to develop a virus to attack NETs!
Swedish Oncolytic Virus
That’s quite enough! I should write more, shorter posts.
May we all have the best possible outcomes,