Having been batted back to oncology from urology I fortunately had scheduled review imminent. I told my oncologist about the traumas of the past six months. He was of course aware of my raised PSA. He is a man with a calm and reassuring manner and a voice to match. As expected he added another tablet (bicalutamide) to my list and proposed a two scans so that he can get a better idea of what is happening. The first was a bone scan which I had last week. As before I went in to hospital for an injection of a radioactive tracer then home to drink plenty and let it do its work (gathering in hotspots in the bones). Three hours later it was back for the scan itself.
I talked about my first bone scan in Hang on, let’s just step back a bit but didn’t describe the process. Firstly I divested myself of all metal items – keys, money, belt (for its buckle) etc. – along with credit cards. Then I laid down on an almost too narrow concave bed. A support was put under my knees and my feet were tied together. Then a loop went over my tummy and my arms tucked into it so that they were held by my side. So well supported and trussed up I had to keeps still for the next 20 minutes or so while the NMR machine did its thing. First a grey box hovers over me and comes up towards my head. I guess it is on a long arm and there is something similar underneath me. (Remember I am pretty immobile and have a fairly narrow field of view). Then it gradually moves back down towards my feet verrrry slowly. After about 20 minutes I am unstrapped can move again.
I then had an appointment with haematology, a year after my last one. My platelets have gone up to 264 well within the normal range so good news there at least. Will get a phone call in a year’s time but in the meantime should I get any bleeding or bruising problems I should get back in touch. However from a blood test today it seems that my sodium levels are low so we need to fix that. A plan is in place.
Now a wait for my CT scan in a couple of weeks’ time and my next consultation with my oncologist a week or so after that. It would seem that my cancer has progressed (which sounds positive but isn’t). I guess there are a number of options and there is no point in second guessing what they are. As he said at my last consultation “There is light at the end of the tunnel – and it’s not the train coming towards us”