The Story of Us:
We are home from Brendan’s latest oncology review in the city. After his 7am PET scan this morning, Bren’s entire team were assembled by 10:30ish for the review; logistically no mean feat I’m sure. Oncologist: Dr V, Orthopaedic Surgeon: Dr P, Radiologist Dr (Name has slipped my memory as it wasn’t Dr R) an intern we hadn’t met before, Dr P’s CNC and Brendan and I, were all present. It was a full room.
The first bit of news was that we would have to head back down to the city on Monday for a precautionary MRI on Bren’s residual (stump), and a couple of extra- very small spots have presented in his lungs.
The doctors are really pleased with how Brendan looks within himself, which is a massive plus-regardless of what else is going on cancer wise. As Dr P 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 who are living with cancer; and that is where Brendan currently sits. Dr P then went on to explain that with medical advancements today you just don’t know what the future holds. (which made me think…life is good and hope is limitless)!
The team, Dr V in particular, are also happy with how well the chemo tablets are managing the tumours that Brendan still has. They are no larger, and the radiation seems to have been effective on the rogue lung tumour that was treated in December!
This means treatment with chemo tablets at home continues. That’s a blessing. The next full team review is not until November… six months away; a bit of a milestone- that has taken two years next month to reach.
Oh – plus we did just get to have a very nice date night in the city!
Yep: life is good and hope is limitless