Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another cancer treatment under our belt

We left around 10:00 this morning and drove up to the Anschutz Cancer Center. The snow had stopped so we got up there without any weather issues.

We saw the nurse and all of Marshall's vitals checked out fine.

Then we had a brief visit with Dr. Flaig. We asked him to go over the bone scan and CT scan results with us again because we were a little confused about the purpose of the CT scan. He said that the CT scan was to check the soft tissues and the bone scan was to check the lesions in the bones. And the CT scan showed a few small nodules in the lungs which the radiologist indicated was probably related to smoking. We need to monitor those as we go along. (Marshall has now quit smoking!!)

He said the bone scan showed no change from the previous scan that was taken in April.

So Dr. Flaig said the bone scan is the more important test. And we are all happy that there was no change.

We also talked to Dr. Flaig about Marshall's pain issue last week. He said that since the injection of an anti-inflammatory got rid of the pain, he believed it has to be caused by something like a pulled muscle.  He said that if that had been cancer pain, it would not have gone away like that.  So that was good.

Marshall then got a flu shot and his Lupron injection. Then we went up to the lab and he got his Xgeva (bone strengthener) injection.

We left there around 5:00 and by then it was snowing and we went through some flurries on the way home. The roads have been opened again at the forest fire area and the fire is now 65 percent contained. Fourteen homes were destroyed. At least the wind died down and it snowed a little and both of those things helped with getting the fire under control.

We go back on November 21st for another Xgeva injection and a PSA test so we can see if the Casodex is doing what it is supposed to be doing.

Marshall has been feeling really good, his energy levels have been up and his frame of mind has been positive. Yay!

Tomorrow is pet food distribution day at the Care & Share Center.

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