I had a scan 2 weeks’ ago and I’m sad to say it showed the cancer is progressing. There are 6 tiny lymph tumours in my abdomen and chest that are now slightly bigger than they were in April. The largest is only 24mm, and the rate of growth is slow, but I will need more treatment soon. Some of the tumours are too deep for surgery or radiation, therefore I will probably need to have chemotherapy again.
My oncologist says there is no hurry because the cancer is growing at a slow rate. While I am feeling well, no one wants me to rush into treatment that has unpleasant side effects. The question seems to be how much longer can I function with this pain?
Well, I’m enjoying Helen’s last weeks here before she returns to London, so it’s easy – I don’t want chemo till after she goes.
I also have an exciting big event at the beginning of September, a conference for the New Economy Network. I’m involved in organising a LETS market showcase outside the conference, as well as being on the program for a number of presentations. I had to say to the doctors that I really need a few more weeks for building a new economy for Australia please!
So this is the plan, to carry on with increased painkillers for another month. Then I will discuss chemo with the medical team.