Tuesday, 4 November 2008

It's the Big Day!

Had my MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan today. One of the tumours has reduced by 2 cm, the smaller one by a little less. The liquid is gone from the peritoneum. Other organs don't seem to be affected, except:

There is a little thickening in the pylorus, the opening between the stomach and the duodenum. There are a bunch of primitive mesenteric ganglions (none more than 10mm) in the lombo-aorta and hip region on the left. So? Someone?

The reason I don't mention my slightly tingling fingertips is it is permanent, although I am assured it will go away. Same thing for being easily fatigued and having no hair. They aren't random symptoms; they're conditions.

(Yes, Sheila, it is like getting medical training. I am more and more impressed with Lance Armstrong, who tackled all this information with more zeal than I can muster. Google is your friend.)

Had my wig trimmed, but took it off before I remembered to take a picture. Next time.

I had duck for lunch and I'm eating my vegetables. Bought crab sticks and cheese to keep me going during the night while I sit up for That Other Event.


  1. I dunno about the nerves (ony found a few sites on Cisplatin causing growth), but I am veeeerrrry happy to hear that the tumors are smaller.

    My apologies for the finger harangue. I guess I *can* nag too much.

    Is your appetite or digestion being compromised due to the thickening?

    How about a picture sans the wig:)

    You and me both - up all night for THE most important election since, hmm, since the last one. HA!

    Friends tomorrow, no matter who wins.


  2. Both appetite and digestion are fine.
    I didn't take a pictures with no wig? Tomorrow, then.
    Friends? You betcha'!
    xoxo back atcha!

  3. Hm, well, let's see.
    Ganglions are tissue masses. Mesenteric ganglion is a tissue mass near the mesenteric artery, which comes off the aorta and feeds the stomach and intestines.
    That's interesting. When will you see your doctor to ask about them?
    I'm not sure what would've done that, though I'm curious.
    Very glad to hear about the tumor shrinkage!
    And yep, tingling, fatigue, hair loss are all from the chemo, will continue while you're getting it, and will improve when you're done.

  4. I can't figure it out, either. I'll see my GP tomorrow and the oncologist in 2 weeks.

  5. VERY Good to hear the tumours are smaller!!! Keep up the good work.

    So, where are the pictures without a wig? If anyone would look good without hair it would be you. :-)

  6. Photos soon. My days are upside down now. Tomorrow, a day full of appointments. Friday?

  7. There was Another Event? Did I miss something?
    ::scratches head, confused::

    Carina (anonymous again, not.)

  8. So did your doctor have any insight into the ganglions?

  9. No, she didn't seem to. But I suspect they are what are "gluing" down the tumours. I'll ask Dr. Litor when I see her.
    Hope your knee is feeling great!