Posted by Rich on December 30th, 2006
Met with the lead oncologists yesterday. I have locally advanced rectal cancer. That’s a good thing, it being localized and not having indication of spreading. Treatment planned is: daily radiation supplemented by chemo (will have to wear a surgically implanted appliance and get it refilled every week). The stuff they’re going to use (fluorouracil) looks pretty potent: kills red, white blood cells, as well as platelets. Sheesh. Will certainly have to transform my eating habits to complement/supplement areas that are going to be laid to waste by this chemical.
Anyone heard of this stuff? Comments?
This news kinda took the wind out of my sails [again] yesterday. I hadn’t planned on being like a St Bernard in the Alps carrying brandy. Actually that would be a better alternative than carrying toxins with me. So, I went to the gym this AM and put in 50 minutes of upper body strength and 10 minutes walking on the treadmill (0.5mi). A huge improvement over not being able to walk even around the block a couple weeks ago.
That’s it. If you have any knowledge or desire to comment, please don’t hesitate. This part of life is completely newz to me. Thanks.