I have just learned that I have been ‘randomly selected’ for a cancer treatment trial based in Auckland. The trial is for colorectal cancer patients who also have secondaries in the liver. It places radioactive spheres in the liver in the hope that they will specifically target the metasteses there. When the Auckland radiologist returns from holiday I will be flown to Auckland for some angiograms of the liver to determine if the blood cells go right to the spots. They will also ensure that the spheres cannot move to the lung or else I might blow my head off when I sneeze. If the results of those scans are successful I will then return to have the spheres inserted through the groin. I will post more information about the procedure as I discover more myself.
In the meantime I go to Christchurch for my first chemo this Friday which will be a ‘full dose’! I will have one intravenous line for 3 hours Friday afternoon plus another line to a portable pump which I must carry around for the next 46 hours. It will be removed on Sunday afternoon after which I am free to return to Hanmer – but too late for church that day!