In my post ‘The roadmap to remove cancer‘, I wrote the following –
Dr. P. desires a roadmap before we can proceed with making a decision for the immediate future selection. This roadmap starts with a chest, abdominal and pelvic CT Scan with contrast; then will be followed by a surgical procedure. The CT Scan took place this past Wednesday and the surgical procedure should take place next week. I have an appointment with Dr. P. this morning to discuss the results of the CT Scan.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Last Friday I met with urologist Dr. P. at which time he inserted a scope within me to view my bladder and the cancer that is growing within it. After the procedure we discussed the results of my CT Scan performed earlier in the week. Dr. P. informed me that the cancer had spread into my abdominal lymph nodes. There are also multiple lung nodules that need to be further investigated. Dr. P. recommends I be referred to an oncologist for chemotherapy prior to my next surgery. The success rate of stopping the cancer from spreading by having the chemotherapy before the surgery is quite high. Dr. P. also is recommending I have a PET Scan to help identify the lung nodules.
I currently am seeing Dr. P. at the Naval Air Station Pensacola hospital. The PET Scan and the Oncologist I will see will be located at a hospital outside the naval base. The PET Scan is not performed at the naval base hospital as well as oncology services. Dr. P. is associated with this outside hospital as well and this will be where my future surgery will take place.
Yesterday, I met with my new oncologist Dr. D. and we discussed my health history and the current condition regarding my cancer. Upon reviewing my recent CT scan and the related information from Dr. P., she indicated to me my cancer is stage 4.
Google Results –
Patients with stage IV bladder cancer have cancer that has extended through the bladder wall and invaded the pelvic and/or abdominal wall and/or has lymph node involvement and/or spread to distant sites. Stage IV bladder cancer is also referred to as “metastatic” bladder cancer.
Thursday of next week I will begin chemotherapy for my cancer that will last for 12 weeks. Depending on the results of the chemotherapy will depend on what will take place next with regards to my treatment.
In order to avoid making this a long drawn out post full of details about the possibilities of outcomes regarding my treatment; I will plan to write another post next week about what those possibilities are.
The next 12 weeks will involve some powerful drugs being injected into my body to fight cancer.
I will have tough days ahead of me.
I will have days I will be very tired.
And I will have days I will be very inspired.
For this post I end with this quote –