Another step forward today. I am off to the pharmacy this afternoon to return my sharps bin and I won't be coming back home with an empty one!!!
I'm also returning a box of unused Lovenox shots, plus some unused anti-nausea meds. By my estimation I've self-injected 225 blood thinner shots (at $25 per shot) plus 35 Grastofil shots (Neupogen SEB at $150 per shot).
Another couple of weeks and my blood levels should be back to normal so I can crack open a bottle of wine to celebrate.
I have my 1 year colonoscopy scheduled for the first week of December. This will be done by my surgeon. I asked if I could watch, she seemed surprised that I didn't want to get knocked out. End result - we'll decide on the day of.
Cancer Care Ontario is in the middle of changing their follow up protocols and I could be in the old program or new, my oncologist wasn't sure which I would get although she has given me the test requisition paper work for new. The belief is that the risks from multiple scans over a year don't offset the delayed detection of recurrences. (Hope that makes sense-I'm trying to say that risk outweighs benefit.) The new standard is Ultra sound, Xray and blood test at 6 months; CT scan and blood test at 12 months for the first 3 years. I've forgotten what happens in year 4 and 5, but I have an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner in 3 weeks time to review the program so that I fully understand it.
Thank you all for the thoughts and support.
mob (aka NED)
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat
) - Clear