Category: My Experience

April 2012 Treatment Update 24

April 2012 Treatment Update

It has been quite a while since  my last post. In the intervening period my mother passed away (late January) and my great friend, outstanding New Zealander and cancer “co-traveller” , Lloyd Morrison, succumbed to...

Nov 2011 Treatment Update 32

Nov 2011 Treatment Update

This update is late and a new post way overdue. A lot has happened since my last post, including an extended vacation overseas and the RWC which eventually produced an ‘inspiring’ outcome. About two...

Treatment Update 4

Treatment Update

Last Wednesday evening(13 July) I sat down with my radiologist (Trevor FitzJohn) at Bowen Hospital to review the results of my first PT/CAT scan since starting the Tarceva medication.On Thursday I then discussed these...

Treatment Update 4

Treatment Update

This update is overdue. But like my original cancer diagnosis (followed by the rapid transition to a treatment regime) it is “better late than never”. Three weeks ago I had a further PT scan...

Treatment Update 11

Treatment Update

I am now in the middle of my 5th treatment cycle-and overdue to provide an update. As usual the cycle commenced with a consultation with my oncologist ,Richard Sullivan.It confirmed that I am continuing to...

Treatment Update 12

Treatment Update

On Tuesday 11Jan  I  received my fourth chemo treatment. That was preceded by a review of my third cycle with my oncologist, Richard Sullivan, now Head of  Auckland DHB Cancer & Blood. The review was...

Treatment Update 1

Treatment Update

Treatment Update I am just completing my second chemo cycle and receive my next chemo treatment tomorrow (Tuesday). The side-effects of my second treatment have been negligible (a rash across my shoulders which has...

Ian Gawler Review 4

Ian Gawler Review

Ian Gawler Foundation 10 day Residential Cancer Programme: Review On 16 December Maureen and I completed the Ian Gawler Foundation (“IGF” www.gawler.org) 10 day residential cancer programme at the Foundation ‘retreat’ at Yarra Junction,...

My Medical Treatment 7

My Medical Treatment

My Medical Treatment The treatment regime agreed with my oncologist (Richard Sullivan) involves six cycles of chemotherapy administered at three weekly (Tues pm) intervals. Each cycle comprises a ‘cocktail’ of three drugs: Carboplatin –...