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 encouraging.
Over the break (and the course of my third cycle) my health and fitness have improved significantly and the discomfort from metasteses has abated further to the point where it is now virtually non-existent (I am aware of sensations in a few areas which I now know is cancer but these too are abating). Further, blood test results confirm that I am in good health and that my immune system is bouncing back well from chemo treatment. They also provide further supporting evidence for what my body is telling me – that damage caused by metasteses in my bones are healing.
The break at our place on the Kina Peninsula in the Tasman Bay (which Maureen and I shared with our three adult chidren and two of their partners, and subsequently with our close friends, Lawrence and Diane Zwimpfer) provided us a great opportunity to catch up with reading on diet, psychoneuroimmunology and exercise and apply the new skills and tools we learned at the Ian Gawler Foundation in these areas.
My own reading and experience is providing me with increasing confidence that this “integrative” approach to treating cancer offers me significantly better prospects for life quality and extension (and even a hope of ‘healing’ my disease or at least being able to live with and manage it) than by relying on medical treatment alone.
The next step in my treatment is a CAT scan next week to add information that will enable a more definitive review of my progress. That will be undertaken by my radiologist Trevor Fitzjohn (see mention of Trevor in my earlier posts).