Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fished my wish

My oncologist says it is fine to have one CT scan per year now. We are doing well and there is no need for unnecessary radiation in my body. She said there is a recent study that too many X-rays can increase one's chance of secondary cancers. The magic number "they've" come up with is 15 in a lifetime, then, look out. I've counted 8 scans with cancer alone. Don't know how many I had before and predict 5-6 more in follow up. Not too worried, however, because I am already at increased risk for secondary cancers from radiation therapy. Although, "increased risk" is an ambiguous phrase. At any rate, I am happy to be cutting down to one per year.

Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Latest CT Scan is Clean Again!

I am beginning to sound like a broken record. My December CT scans look just like previous CT scans - no changes - and that's good.

We were off to a good start when I only needed to be stuck once for the IV. That hasn't happened since I began chemo. It wasn't a clean stick, but I'm not about to be fussy given my track record.

I will be going to my oncologist appointment next week. Once again, I don't really see a need, except that I need her to tell me I can now get one CT scan a year. I am at the 2 year clean point and I think that earns me a reprieve.