My oncologist called this afternoon. I thought, “uh oh. It’s bad, and he wants to see me right away.” So imagine my surprise when he said, “the scan looked better than the first one. You’re improving.” This is wonderful news. I meet with him on Monday, but I expect the instruction will be to remain on the Xalkori, continue to taper off the predinose, and maybe add a mini-cocktail of other things to manage some of my newer side effects. Xalkori won’t cure my cancer, but this means that it IS shrinking it. This should continue until I develop a resistance. That could be this year or next. But whatever it is, I’ll take it!
And now some sadder news. I just learned that my uncle’s wife passed away. From lung cancer. She had a cough for quite some time. She went to her doctor who insisted it was allergies. (Sound familiar?) And she trusted him. The cough continued, and she became very ill. She was hospitalized for dehydration, and they quickly discovered the cancer. After one round of chemotherapy, her white blood cell count was near zero, and she opted to discontinue treatment. She passed away one week later.
I can’t stress this enough. Take what your doctor says with a bit of skepticism – even if he is your best friend. The best doctor doesn’t know everything.
I know not everyone is as stubborn as me. But when it comes to your health, you must be. Stop ignoring that ache in your leg. Get that 4 week old cough checked out. Have your doctor look at that discoloration on your arm. Ask for an x-ray. Push until you have an answer. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend. Take care of the ones you love.