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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-24 15:32
Subject: [cancer] The oncology follow-up visit
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
Went alone to my oncology follow-up today. No scan this time, just bloodwork and office chatter with the doctor. As good as could be expected. The oncologist tells me that my 5-year survival odds have improved to 50%, which is excellent news. Her exact words were, "You're in as good shape as someone with stage IV cancer can be."

Scans in mid-April, with oncology appointment to follow. All right before Norwescon. So, three more months of being healthy before the next checkpoint.

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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2011-01-24 23:55 (UTC)
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Really great to hear, Jay.
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-01-25 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay, that's one good report in a series I hope will grow.
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2011-01-25 00:14 (UTC)
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Keyword:alton
Great news!
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Laura Anne Gilman: citron presse
User: suricattus
Date: 2011-01-25 00:18 (UTC)
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Keyword:citron presse
excellent news!
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Mary Dell
User: marydell
Date: 2011-01-25 00:34 (UTC)
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Outstanding!
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cascade_writers
User: cascade_writers
Date: 2011-01-25 00:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good news! We're very happy for you!
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The Empress of Ice Cream
User: icecreamempress
Date: 2011-01-25 00:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Great news. I hope you are enjoying it hugely.
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Julie: Calvin Hobbes Dance
User: quaero_verum
Date: 2011-01-25 00:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Calvin Hobbes Dance
Very good news, indeed!
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2011-01-25 01:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's great!
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-25 01:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Deep breath on your behalf.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-01-25 02:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congrats!
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horace_hamster
User: horace_hamster
Date: 2011-01-25 02:42 (UTC)
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Good is good!
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That Which Fights Entropy: future life
User: amberite
Date: 2011-01-25 03:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:future life
That's a scary tightrope to be walking, and I'm glad you're staying aloft on it. Congrats and keep up the good work.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2011-01-25 03:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One good step at a time! <3
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2011-01-25 05:17 (UTC)
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So far so good. Hope to keep seeing you post stuff with the phrase "excellent news" embedded in it somewhere.
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2011-01-25 06:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, 50%... is good...? I had no idea. May the odds skew in your favor, and long and abundant life be yours.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-25 13:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep. I've been walking around below 30% for the past year. Maybe 18%, depending on how you frame it. And yes, this is statistics, not prognosis. But the statistics are based on outcomes from my cancer cohort.

It's been like playing Russian roulette with four bullets in the six-shooter. Now I'm down to three bullets.

Does all my stress and pain make a little more sense in this context?
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2011-01-25 15:26 (UTC)
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>> Does all my stress and pain make a little more sense in this context?

Well, it made sense *anyway*, but yes, it does frame it differently. I'm glad the odds are improving though, and that you're doing all you can to improve them. Peace.
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shelly_rae
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-01-25 06:03 (UTC)
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Awesome! I'm sure that glass is far more than half-full.
Anon
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: St Mongos
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2011-01-25 09:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:St Mongos
Fantastic News. May it continue to go in your favor.
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