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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-06 06:31
Subject: [cancer] More oncology
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
I met with my medical oncologist yesterday. We agreed that I am in fine health, except for the nicely-recovering surgical wound and the systemic cancer issues. She, like my surgical oncologist, was unconcerned about the proximity of my tumor to my right kidney, as the margins tested clean. We have agreed on 8/26 as the start date for the next round of chemotherapy. I'll go in 8/25 for labs, and then the usual morning run 8/26 for treatment.

In that vein (so to speak), I am going to be on prophylactic Neulasta this fall. The half-life of the drug is 10 days, so she figures they'll give me an injection at every session unless my white cell count is too high. That will be interesting. It also means that I'm unlikely to have any chemo date slips. I failed to ask her about whether I should be on Avastin this fall, so have followed up with an email.

I also claimed my liver segment, which had been sent over by pathology. My medical oncologist thought it was hilarious and weird that I wanted that back. The tissue sample is two pieces, about the size of steak tips, which they rather resemble. Photos here if anyone wants to see. The segment has been enshrined on my brag shelf next to my steampunk modded My Little Pony. Now I need to go fish out my colon segment to go along with it.

Per my discussion with my medical oncologist, my fall chemo schedule should be:

8/26 - 8/28
9/9 - 9/11
9/23 - 9/25
10/7 - 10/9
10/21 - 10/23
11/4 - 11/6
11/18 - 11/20
12/2 - 12/4

That should be it. We're working now on setting up my primary caregiver rotation. I'll have some followup testing in December, and be very reduced in energy and capacity through at least March. Maybe this time we'll get the little fucker good.

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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-08-06 13:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good to know your schedule and it sounds like you're as mentally prepared as can be. Here's a handful of spoons, dood. Hope you don't need them! But just in case you do...

Spoons!
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2011-08-06 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fingers crossed, Jay.
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Deanne: amysword
User: deakat
Date: 2011-08-06 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:amysword
Strength to your chemo!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-08-06 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Much love.
I shall be in Portland from 24th (evening) till 27th (morning) October. Not helpful for the immediate caregiving, alas, but I'd be happy to help out anyway I can in that period. (I'm sorted for accommodation and so forth.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-06 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Do let me know when you're free in those days... :) And if you get unsorted for accommodation, I have a spare room.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-08-06 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
Visiting with you is one of my top things to do in Portland.
xx
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Radioactive
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2011-08-06 16:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Radioactive
So . . . not to be overly morbid or anything, but have those liver sections been treated with formaldehyde, or some such? Or is that a natural color?

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-06 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, they're in some preservative.
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russ
User: goulo
Date: 2011-08-07 09:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So... no fava beans and a nice chianti?


(Surely I'm not the only one thinking that...)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-07 13:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been thinking it quite a bit myself.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-08-06 20:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's hoping this round of chemotherapy has superpowers the last rounds did not.
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2011-08-06 23:22 (UTC)
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I have the sudden urge to channel those Reader's Digest pieces about anatomy right now - except changing the name of course - "I am Jay's liver"...

Stay well, friend.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-08-06 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe this time we'll get the little fucker good.

I certainly hope so.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2011-08-07 00:03 (UTC)
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Has anyone mentioned recently that you are a touch odd? BTW, is it a good surface to shoot nerf darts at?
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saveswhat
User: saveswhat
Date: 2011-08-07 04:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd want my liver sections too. Are they vacuum sealed? I'm strangely fascinated.

I got weird looks when I wanted my wisdom teeth back.

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