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  • 3A PMitCEBO done and CT-scan news!

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    April 13th, 2010

    The 3A PMitCEBO went ahead yesterday as all my blood counts; especially the white blood cells and neutrophils were excellent!

    I have been having mega runny eyes since it has been more spring-like.  I could not figure out what was causing it until few people mentioned it could be due to hay fever.  But, I have never had hay fever before?  Then again, I have never had photosensitive skin, or freckles, or curly hair before.  Anything is possible!  Steph gave me an antihistamine tablet on Saturday before I was going to go on a picnic in Hampstead Heath, and it worked!  My eyes eventually stopped watering.  I got some of my own antihistamines from the hospital yesterday.

    Yes, we had a picnic on Saturday!  The first of the year.  The morning was really warm and sunny but then it turned into part cloud with a cold wind, so we did not last very long and ended up in a pub.  We were all freezing in the end!

    I had the CT-scan on Friday.  I did not expect to get any results until next week Monday, but Lucy went off and chased the results!  She is so efficient, an amazing nurse.  So, here are the results (they have compared the results to the previous scan): there has been no change in the lymph nodes above the my left collar bone which measures 2.5 x 1.5cm; and there has been a REDUCTION in the size of the mediastinal soft tissue disease, it has reduced from 5.7 x 3.0cm to 5.7 x 1.8cm.  The mediastinum is the part of the body deep inside the chest, between the lungs and behind the breast bone.  This area contains the thymus gland and many lymph nodes.  And, all my vital organs are still fine!  I know it is a small reduction, but a reduction all the same, and there has been no new growths.  I am pleased.  I am only half way through this chemo.  Lucy also said that some of that mass can be scar tissue, not active cancer, and that they are planning for me to have a PET scan after the 4th cycle.

    I am feeling pretty good today!  This chemo seems to suit me, as much as any chemo could suit anyone.  And, I am finally only on 50mg of Prednisolone every OTHER day from now on.  Finally weaning, although slowly, off them!!

    Hampstead Heath by the Kenwood House.

    Hampstead Heath by the Kenwood House.

    Picnic food! Yummy!

    Picnic food! Yummy!

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    Daniel is getting cold and wrapping himself around the picnic blanket.

    Daniel is getting cold and wrapping himself around the picnic blanket.

    Jukka and Collette warming up under the blanket!

    Jukka and Colette warming up under the blanket!

    Jukka test riding my Dutchie bike.  I believe he has ordered himself his very own Dutchie yesterday!

    Jukka test riding my Dutchie bike. I believe he ordered himself his very own Dutchie yesterday!

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