The last day of March in my post ‘So, what’s next?‘, I concluded with the following –
Next week will be a busy week; we are moving to a new location, but more importantly test results and doctor’s visits to determine what is to come next in my battle with cancer.
In today’s post, I begin with the following –
Last week was certainly busy as Gary, his mom and I traveled from Orlando to Pensacola to take mom back to the younger brother on Monday. The next day Tuesday, we hooked the RV to the truck and made our way to Tampa.
We have settled into our new temporary living location at the RV park located on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. We are fortunate again to be living on a military facility that offers many amenities to us. Besides the RV park, we have the base commissary, movie theater, gym, and the mess hall & other food establishments on base. We are also within minimal walking distance to the base’s white sandy beach on Tampa Bay with views of both Tampa and St. Petersburg skylines. Directly out of the base gates we are greeted with the very nice city of Tampa.
You may remember two weeks ago after my initial consultation at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, I had a series of tests because it appeared my cancer may have spread. In my post last week ’57 Today‘, I spoke about a brief conversation I had with my new Oncologist Dr. L. about the possibility of my cancer spreading to Lymph Nodes in my lower back also known as the lumbar region.
Friday of last week I met with Dr. L. to discuss the results of the previous week’s tests and my future.
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At this time, there is no indication my cancer has spread to any major organs or my bones. However, it is confirmed my cancer is in the lumbar region Lymph Nodes as well as the thoracic region Lymph Nodes.
Dr. L. discussed his concerns and we had a conversation about the treatments available and expectations. It was decided the next step for me is to have another round of chemotherapy. This time a different drug will be used over the course of the next couple of months.
Once the chemotherapy treatment is completed, tests will take place again to determine the results of the treatment. Upon the receiving of those results will determine what comes next with regards to my battle with cancer.
Dr. L. is honest and upfront with respect to my cancer. There is no cure for my cancer; this next round of chemotherapy treatment is to hopefully stop the cancer from spreading or slow down the progression of it. Once this chemotherapy is over, there are other treatment options available and at that time we will discuss the next steps to be taken.
This Friday, I will begin my next round of chemotherapy, the next stage in my journey with cancer.