Bren’s day started at 7am with a PET scan. By 10:30am, we were sitting with his medical team for the review. Logistically it was no mean feat to get everyone together in one room. But these guys coordinate appointments like ours all day long. Imagine that.
There were four doctors, a registrar, two clinical nurse consultants and an intern in the room. And Brendan and me. It was a very full room, and it wasn’t a big room. The entire crew were here. Sometimes it was just the oncologist, orthopedic surgeon and a CNC. Today’s crowd made me feel uneasy.
First, we hear that we will be back in the city on Monday for a precautionary MRI on Bren’s residual (stump). There are also a couple of new, small spots presenting in his lungs that need checking.
The doctors are pleased with how Brendan looks within himself, which is a plus, regardless of what else is going on cancer wise. As Dr Ortho explained and how I understood what he was saying – once upon a time, there were two outcomes with cancer. It was either cured or not! Now there is a widening gap in between, which is full of people living with cancer. And that is where Brendan currently sits. Dr Ortho then explained that with medical advancements today, there is no telling what the future holds.
The medical team are also happy with how well the chemo tablets are managing the tumours that Brendan still has. Especially Dr Chemo. The tumours have not grown, and the radiation looks to be effective.
This means treatment with chemo tablets at home continues. Thank God. Brendan’s next scheduled oncology review is not until November. It is six months away and will include his entire medical team. Oncology reviews moving from 3 monthly to six is a milestone – that has taken two years to reach. My unease had been alleviated. Although the focus no longer appeared to be on a curative solution, living with cancer – managed by the multidisciplinary team seemed to be the best option available, and Bren was willing to take it.
Oh – and we did just have a nice date night in the city!
Life is good, and hope is limitless
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