Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Radiotherapy ready to go

We went to the specialist in charge of the SIRT therapy today. He went into much more detail than the oncologist did about the tests I had a couple of weeks ago, but reiterated that I was a good candidate for the treatment, because in the test few of the spheres went where they shouldn't have gone.

The fact that my hepatic artery has two branches means that they will have to insert a titanium spiral in the unwanted branch. This will cause a clot so the spheres can't enter, but the clot will eventually dissolve, leaving $250 worth of titanium there. He is very hopeful that the therapy will have a good result. I have to have a dose of 5-FU next Wednesday, go into hospital for the SIRT therapy on Thursday, stay overnight and then have another dose of 5-FU on Friday.

I am not looking forward to resuming chemo. I have enjoyed having what resembles a normal appetite, though I still cannot eat very large amounts. Tonight I cooked fish in foil with halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced onion and lemon, garlic and parsley. We had lettuce and chopped green capsicum and a dob of guacamole with it - very nice indeed.

Monday we drove down to Denmark, a town in the south of the State about four and a half hours from Perth and returned yesterday. You can get more details from the family blog. My feet are a bit swollen today - probably due to sitting so long, though I did wear compression stockings (not TEDS, though). So I am still doing really well overall. I have a CT scan tomorrow, a PICC dressing on Friday and another blood test on Saturday. Busy, busy.

1 comment:

  1. This is really good news Joan, this just may be the treatment that will put you in remission.
    The way you cooked your fish sounds delicious, must try that sometime. Another good sign you are eating again.....all is good my friend.
    Keeping you in my prayers.....:-) Hugs