TB had a CT scan last Thursday and yesterday we met with the oncologist to discuss the results.
Compared to the base scan done in October:
- The size of the mass of nodules on the outside of his right lung has not changed.
- Some of the nodules that are part of that mass have shrunk in size.
- Some of the nodules that are part of that mass have become larger.
- There are NO new nodules.
- There is no explanation for why his phosphorus levels changed (they were low) earlier this month but they took a blood sample and will let us know if the medication he was given to adjust that has been effective or not. Not sure when we’ll know the results but probably at his next treatment on the 13th of Jan.
That said, the oncologist said he can continue with the clinical study treatment provided he’s okay with the side affects. Since he is okay with them, TB has chosen to continue with the treatment.
Unfortunately, TB’s right knee is screwed up but that has nothing to do with the cancer. There’s a problem with a lack of cartilage in his knee and that causes pain. He’s going to see a specialist on Friday for that. But he refuses to think about a knee replacement – at least for now. I sure don’t blame him!
All in all, this is good news. It’s still early in the treatment phase but we’ll take the pluses when we can. Even though we know this treatment won’t cure him, to know that it’s been halted even a little bit is a blessing.