Mike's Lung Cancer Chronicle

Archive for October, 2012

Good News And Bad News

I had follow-up appointments this week with my surgeon and oncologist. The doctors tell me they see no evidence of cancer (GOOD!). I responded extremely well to the triple whammy: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery (REALLY GOOD!). The post-surgery pathology report showed that the tumor had shrunk significantly and 90% of the cancer cells in the tumor and the 3 cancerous lymph nodes were dead (ALL GOOD!).

However, both doctors suggest I have 2 more rounds of chemotherapy just to be sure that any microscopic cancer cells that may be lurking in my body are destroyed. They pointed out that no data is available showing more chemotherapy would result in a better longevity outcome, plus I am considered “cancer free,” so an argument can be  made for not having any more chemo. On the other hand, since I “tolerate chemotherapy so well,” I should consider it. I guess then that the good news is I tolerate chemo well, and the bad news is that I tolerate chemo well. Hahahahaha!

So…on Monday, November 5 I will start the first of two chemo cycles. I will have infusions for 3 consecutive  days ( 4 hours each day), followed by 25 “non” infusion days. Then, I do the same cycle again.  Then, stick a fork in me – I’m really done!  Yay!!!

Okay, Williams, we’ll vote . . . how many here say the heart has four chambers?

Workin’ On The 5 Rs

Hello Everyone!  I’m Back!

As Nurse Susan told you, my focus for the weeks ahead are the five R’s: Relax, Recuperate, Recover, Refresh, and Rebound.  I am happy to report that since arriving home from the hospital last Sunday, I have completed R #1 (Relax), I am fully engaged in R #2 (Recuperate), and I have launched R #3 (Recover).  Not to put too fine a point on it, but I sort of think that R’s 4 and 5 are starting to kick in as well.  Lucky for me this is not necessarily a sequential process.

The week’s highlights:

  • Started walking on Monday (2/10 of a mile).
  • Have been walking every day this week.  I am up to longer walks of 1.25 miles.
  • Coughing (not uncommon after a lobectomy) is decreasing; today was a fairly quiet one (if you’ll pardon the expression).
  • We are cheering on the A’s and the Giants.  A Bay Bridge series would be really cool.
  • My sister-in-law (aka Nurse Stephanie) asked me today how I was feeling.  My response?  Peachy!

The plan for the week is REPEAT week one.  (Get it?  Another “R”…ha! ha!).

As always, THANK YOU!  For the support, the prayers, and the good tidings.

Nurse Susan and her patient.
The Rez 10-7-12