I just got a message from Oncology that my octreoscan indicates “no change, no progression”. Also Urology reports that my bladder cancer has not recurred. WOOOO! HOOOO!
Also, they noted that the two metastases in my liver are still there. No surprise, but at least there are no new ones. These are the best results that I can expect.
Urology is having me do a CT scan on wednesday just to make sure there is no cancer in my kidneys. This is apparently different from my regular CT scans for carcinoid. Will let you know of results.
This regular testing and treatment is part of the life of a cancer patient. I currently scheduled for:
- Sandostatin LAR Injections every 28 days.
- 3 to 6 blood tests every 3 months.
- CT scan every 6 months.
- Bladder cystoscopy at 6 months
- Octreoscan every year.
Waiting for test results so often can be a worry. One always suspects things are not good. In fact, I find that even though I have generally felt healthy, every small symptom can lead me to believe that things are getting worse. However, on the flip side, we need all these test to make sure things are not getting significantly worse and requiring action.
I’m glad the medical profession is watching me.