Bitter Sweet!!!

Here we go again, I get to the QA Hospital at 1230 for a blood test. After a few minutes of digging around, they finally got blood…………..

Me, Angie, Mum and Eddie met at the hospital at 210 for the appointment with Dr Simmonds.  I got there and they had already called me through, but i wasn’t there.  So we made our way to the USUAL waiting area, sat down and Gus,(Dr Simmonds) cancer nurse came out of his office and stopped to talk.  He knew what was going on with me, and started to explain the process regarding the chemotherapy. He told us that it will be 9 weeks of BEP chemo. 3 days a week for 9 weeks, or radiotherapy Monday to Friday for 3 weeks. If I opt for the chemo it will be a lot more intense than the radiotherapy, but it has a higher success rate, around 90%. He said that I will lose my hair, at that point Eddie had to walk out. But It’s ONLY hair……………….It might even come back jet black with no silver.
We went in to Dr Simmonds office a few minutes after he got back from his dinner break and sat down, ready for it. I asked him if i could record what we were saying because I will forget his words.
On the latest PET scan there was increased uptake in one of the lymph glands in the groin which made them suspicious could be related to the previous seminoma (testicular cancer). My blood markers were checked again, which showed that one of the markers, the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which is commonly elevated in seminoma had gone up, It was normal since my operation in September 2010, but had recently gone up to 92.7. Normal is between 1-10. Its not massively high, but Its gone up which means there is a reoccurrence of the seminoma. Its a one off reading that needed to be repeated to make sure that it is a true reading. Therefor i will need some further treatment, which is highly curative. So the outcome should be good and the seminoma should be cleared, but it needs something doing about it in the not too distant future. There is no enormous rush, because it has been very slow growing over a period of months, so its not something that needs treating tomorrow, but equally its not something that can be left 3 or 4 months. It not going to be a disadvantage starting chemo it in January.

Step 1 was to recheck my markers today.
Step 2 is to have a proper staging CT scan. This scan is better for localising the tumour.

Once the scan has been done the plan for treatment will be put in place.
The outcome from both types of treatment are pretty good. Around 80-90% of men having radiotherapy will be cured and with chemo about 90% will be cured. If it doesn’t work first time round, another round of chemo should see an end to it.
The overall cure rate is around 95%.

There is no issues with the stomach, the tumour that was there last year was removed and the treatment is still working which is a relief. Although the treatment may well be interrupted while i’m having chemo, simply because, if im taking both together there may be some type of reaction to the blood cells.

The chemo will be at Southampton because that is where Dr Simmonds is based and they can keep an eye on me. Little bit gutted because I wanted to have it done at The QA Hospital, but it is what it is and it’s not the end of the world although it is Southampton.

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