In my post ‘Months not Years‘, I wrote the following –
Following my hospital stay, I had a visit with my Oncologist Dr. L. to discuss my options. One option was to do nothing and the other option was immunotherapy.
Concerning immunotherapy; any type of positive results is only about 15% – meaning 15% of participants will receive some type of response. The response would be the slowing down of the progression of cancer to other parts of the body and/or stopping or slowing down the growth of the cancer cells.
So, I asked Dr. L. the question; how many years would my life be extended, if there were a positive result? His response was that we are talking about months, not years.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Tecentriq is the immunotherapy drug that I am receiving. In 2 days, I will receive my 2nd immunotherapy treatment. The current treatment plan involves me receiving immunotherapy through IV every 3 weeks. Upon the completion of my 3rd treatment, a scan will be performed to help determine the effectiveness on my treatment.
The results of that scan may not provide enough information to determine if the treatment is working or not. Another treatment round may be needed to determine the effectiveness – meaning 4 additional treatments then another round of scans. If no determination is made in late August, then October will be the next time to make a possible decision.
What am I referring to when I write decision?
Since my first clue there was something wrong with me back on September 4, 2015; much has taken place. This journey started with a discoloration in my urine. Friends who have followed me for a while, know what has taken place since then. Through all the tests, procedures, surgeries, treatments and appointments, one thing has stayed consistent.
The one thing that has stayed consistent, will play a major role in that decision.
That one thing that stayed consistent is my cancer has been aggressive in spreading. That decision will be whether to proceed with treatments or let the cancer take its course.
I will be honest; I have always been honest here on my blog and at times blunt and direct. In a couple of months, I will be making that decision. Currently my days are filled with pain, and little activity due to my health issues limiting many things I can do. Many days I remain positive and hold on to a glimmer of hope this immunotherapy treatment will respond with positive results. Then there are a few days; I am ready to stop everything and let the cancer take over and seal my fate.
Currently the positive days outnumber the negative days. As the days come and go, the date for that decision nears.