Friday, October 10, 2008

The plan

Well it might change, but after the discussion yesterday, it seems like most of the specialists have come to a consensus. There are apparently a few cells that are grade 3. This requires active treatment before they are at risk of turning into grade 4.

I will go on 6 weeks radiation starting as soon as there is approval from the medical aid.
The medical aid has given me allocation per year which should cover it. Luckily they renew every year which means that if I need more, I can apply again next year.
  • Once radiation is approved, they will do an MRI scan as well as a CT scan. This should happen next week (depending on availability)
  • They will then measure the area remaining, analyse. They give more radiation in the remaining area and measure the original "bed" of the tumour and a lower dose in that area.
  • To do this they build a mask that I will put over my head that will focus the radiation into the affected area.
  • They are giving me a medium sized dose.
  • I will go for radiation Monday - Friday.
  • They radiate for about 10 minutes. I will probably go in the afternoon so that I can come home and sleep / rest.
  • Half dosage chemo will be given during radiation. This is in the form of pills. This means that the "poison" is gradual.
  • I am going to get full dose chemo for the next 6 months. This will also be pills. (much longer than I expected)
  • Side effects:
  • Radiation will cause nausea, fatigue and hair loss in the area where they radiate. There is a risk that the area they radiate will cause permanent hair loss
  • Chemo will cause nausea, fatigue and perhaps vomiting. It seems to be quite mild compared to conventional chemo
  • My life will continue as normal - well as normal as can be expected! You can't stop living!
  • The only disappointment (besides having a brain tumour!) is that I definitely won't be able to make my Egypt holiday :(
  • Otherwise, I went to the Surgeon today (local one Dr Morkel) and he checked my scar etc and said I am looking good and it is healing quickly.

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