Nine

As mentioned in my previous post, today was the start of my fifth week of cancer treatment.  Two weeks – just ten days to go.

Today’s session – R21/9 – was unusual.  The radiographers aren’t using my new mask yet, but someone seems to have tried to tighten up my old one for use in the meantime.

Either that, or my head has grown over the weekend.

The result was that my face was squashed painfully flat whenever the team tried to secure my mask to the bench.

Ow!

After some fiddling around, they had to slide out a layer of supports from the headrest so that they could clip the mask in place without straining me through the meshed material like mashed potato.

Still, we got there in the end.

A scan, and regular radiotherapy followed.

After which, I waited to see my consultant, Dr Biswas.  He had nipped off to take a look at the results of today’s scan.

He came back smiling…

Dr Biswas

…and yes, that’s really him smiling.  (Not today, I found the picture online).

It was good news.

He was delighted with the scan.

He said that if he’d known five weeks ago that I would be doing so well at this stage, he would have been very happy indeed.

He even offered to cancel my final two chemo sessions, saying they would now be just a tiny part of the battle.  I gratefully refused.  Best to get as much cancer kicking in as I can while I can, I reckon.

Now – this is NOT the all clear.

I’m not in remission.  I’m not cured.

But the treatment is working!

The effects of the radiotherapy will continue for at least two weeks after I stop being zapped by wonderful people in white coats.  After that, everything inside has to heal and repair before I can go back for tests to see what’s what.

For the first time in many, many weeks – I feel a faint glimmer of optimism.

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37 Comments


  1. Oh Tommy that’s wonderful news, sending you a huge hug – you’ve put a great big smile on my face! Xxx

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  2. Hooray! That’s fantastic news – should put you in a positive mood for the last few sessions. Nearly there!

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  3. SO pleased, Tommy! You have been incredible. Gosh, you’ve worked beyond hard and it’s brilliant that you have some good news. Hooflippingray!

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  4. That’s brilliant! I know you said it’s not the all clear but congrats man, it’s a great sign and won’t be long now 😀

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  5. Glad you are fighting this x

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  6. This is fantastic news, so pleased for you!

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  7. That’s wonderful news Tommy! 🙂

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  8. Brilliant! That has made my day.

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  9. Wonderful news, Tommy. I am so very pleased. Not just for you and your family, but for all of us reading along. Just wonderful.

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  10. Two thumbs up. And fingers crossed. Rendering my hands pretty well unusable for the moment, but it’s worth it.

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  11. Fantastic! We know exactly what it’s like to receive good news from a consultant, Tommy, so I’m punching the air in glee for you! Hooray!

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  12. Happy tears all round. I’m so so pleased for you. x

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  13. That is great news. Hope you have a celebration bottle of whisky on hand for the endgame. Yay x

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  14. Tommy, that is absolutely fantastic news.

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  15. Hurray for optimism, Tommy; great news, mate 🙂 xx

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  16. Great to have some good news. You are almost there.

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  17. Fantastic news Tommy!! I am so happy to hear it.
    Big love
    Moya
    Xxxxxxxx

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  18. Fanfuckingtastic.

    Proper chuffed for you. Keep up the good ass-kicking!

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  19. Had this journey with my mum and my dad!
    I have all the kids in the school library thinking positively for you. Xx

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  20. Absolutely delighted to see the glimmer. Here’s hoping it becomes a floodlight xx

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  21. Wonderful news! Keep going – we are cheering you on!

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  22. Good news, but stay on guard. Never underestimate this satanic curse. It got punched, and now it’s on the retreat for a while. But it will rear its ugly head again. So believe strongly in God and pray. This gonna be a long battle.

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