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08-29-2005, 06:55 PM
Had a visit with an Oncologist today. He's actually getting ready to start a trial for a thryroid cancer drug! Even better, it's an oral drug, so no central line or other IV nasty! smile.gif

Said my prognosis might be not as bad as previously predicted, but that the coughing up blood I've been doing for the past 3 weeks isn't a really good sign (on the other hand, the Otolaryngologist and the Pulmonologist both said they think the bleeding might be in my neck, not in my lungs).

Said he's not ready to recommend starting chemo on me in any case.

I've got a CT scan and a "Muga" tomorrow - those will provide more info. (A "Muga", another type of x-ray, shows how well one's heart empties itself out on each beat I gather ("exhaust fraction"). It must be good or chemo is not an option.)

He wants to see me again next week.

Hey George - he is/was a Brazilian! A very nice fellow! Dr. Renato Martins. smile.gif

Whole blinking day at the hospital tomorrow! :( I also have to see a Thoracic Surgeon tomorrow who's going to talk about bronchoscopy and doing something about the bleeding, if needed.

08-29-2005, 07:00 PM
Does this mean Meerkitty may be around longer for me to fling insults and "bitchy" remarks at? :D

Hope it works out for you Meer. smile.gif

Got a good book or magazine you can take to the hospital with you?

I spent most of today stuck in my surgeon's office for a check-up. I think I read every issue he had in the waiting room. :rolleyes:

[ 08-29-2005, 08:54 PM: Message edited by: Katherine ]

Ken Hutchins
08-29-2005, 07:01 PM
That does sound better, thanks for letting us know. We are still praying for a speedy recovery.

08-29-2005, 07:02 PM
Edited version

David, old chap. I'm extrememly pleased to hear your news.

I hope you intend to continue to be a thorn in the sides of blowhards on here.

I prefered my unedited version

[ 08-29-2005, 08:26 PM: Message edited by: Hwyl ]

Ross M
08-29-2005, 07:10 PM

Terry Etapa
08-29-2005, 07:20 PM
Wednesday's BoatBQ???

Peter Malcolm Jardine
08-29-2005, 07:20 PM
Deos this mean Meerkitty may be around longer for me to fling insults and "bitchy" remarks at? [Big Grin] If the shoe fits.......... ;)

Memphis Mike
08-29-2005, 07:25 PM
Great news Meerkat. smile.gif

08-29-2005, 07:27 PM
Good news Meerkat; let's hope it'll all work out well for you.

08-29-2005, 07:29 PM
PMJ, just 1 shoe? I have 20+ pairs. :D

Wayne Jeffers
08-29-2005, 07:52 PM
Glad to hear it! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


Bruce Taylor
08-29-2005, 07:53 PM
Excellent! smile.gif

John B
08-29-2005, 07:54 PM
Good news!!

08-29-2005, 07:59 PM
Good smile.gif good. smile.gif ...and good. smile.gif

08-29-2005, 08:00 PM
How does that old curse go?... May you live a long and tedious life. ;) tongue.gif :D


Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
08-29-2005, 08:00 PM
Like Donn says,"everyday you wake up is a good one". :D

Keep on Truckin!


Hal Forsen
08-29-2005, 08:12 PM
Good thoughts go a long way....

Bruce Hooke
08-29-2005, 08:12 PM
Glad to hear it!

Good luck tomorrow at the hospital...

Paul Girouard
08-29-2005, 08:31 PM
Good luck Meer smile.gif

08-29-2005, 08:41 PM

08-29-2005, 08:42 PM
Best of luck Meer.

Leon m
08-29-2005, 09:09 PM
way :cool: smile.gif

John of Phoenix
08-29-2005, 09:31 PM
Good news, Meer. Hang in there.

08-29-2005, 10:58 PM
Good luck mate...

Jack Heinlen
08-29-2005, 11:19 PM
Hope it works. Explore other possibilities too.

John Gearing
08-29-2005, 11:36 PM
Hang in there, Meer!!!

Wild Dingo
08-30-2005, 02:28 AM
You'll be jake mate no worries :cool: Just remember to...


08-30-2005, 05:36 AM
Good news Meer! smile.gif

08-30-2005, 06:32 AM
Sounds encouraging. Keep your spirits up, you fighter smile.gif

08-30-2005, 07:07 AM
Grand news.

Tar Devil
08-30-2005, 07:48 AM
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Excellent news, Meer. Praying for ya!



Jack Heinlen
08-30-2005, 07:51 AM
Not at all sure my good cheer is welcome, but I give it anyway.

08-30-2005, 08:02 AM

08-30-2005, 11:50 AM
Maybe that cuppa java is in the cards after all, eh?

Jim Hillman
08-30-2005, 12:27 PM

08-30-2005, 12:34 PM
YEA!!!! (fingers crossed)

Chris Coose
08-30-2005, 12:42 PM
I sincerely hope that your better news quickly becomes best news.

08-30-2005, 06:21 PM
Well, more news anyway:

1. Got another CT Scan today.
Bad: neck tumor is about as big as what they took out before and it's closing off my windpipe again. Also, the probable cause of the blood I've been coughing up (which is slowly getting worse). :eek:
Good: lung tumors are only slightly enlarged from 13 months ago. This is GOOD NEWS - I can live with a permanent trach tube if I have to, but once the lungs go it's hasta la vista baby. smile.gif I will live longer if my lungs hold up, and there is a possibility of remission! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

2. Saw the Thoracic Surgeon who had several options:
a. radiation to shrink/kill tumor. Could stop bleeding. Seeing a Radiation Oncologist next month for that.
b. trachial resection: remove the tumor, thus reducing/removing airway obstruction and "cure" the sleep apnia so I wouldn't need the machine. Downside is that I could end up losing my last vocal chord and that would mean a permanent trach tube (YUCK! THEY SUCK!).
c. either laser cauterization of bleeding area(s) in trach and/or embolism of vessel(s) supplying bleeding area.

Next step is to consult with Radiation Oncologist and the Otolaryngologist. Probably end up doing an angiogram to visualize suspect areas in lungs and neck where bleeding could be occuring.

After that, we'll see what I/we want to do.

[ 08-30-2005, 07:23 PM: Message edited by: Meerkat ]

08-30-2005, 07:15 PM

08-30-2005, 10:17 PM
I was going to say "great news!", but I suppose "good enough news" will have to suffice. Get well soon, Meerkat!

08-30-2005, 10:28 PM
Geez mate - I reckon I'd hit the Bundy (rum) and keep those C-cells pissed so's they don't do any harm.

I 'spose the docs have other ideas for valid reasons though?

Take care and stick with us.......


08-31-2005, 06:51 AM
This is much better news than a month or so ago when you felt you only had a couple of months.

Trach' tubes suck (and blow) because that's what they're supposed to do.

Losing your vocal chords is bad, you won't be able to shout "Starboard" but the boats you like are so slow, most consider them stationary obstructions anyway. You won't lose your "voice" on here and can continue to hound the blowhards.

How are you doing in your general health? Smoking cessation and weight loss <nag nag nag>


08-31-2005, 09:29 AM
Stopped smoking awhile back.

Weight loss has been harder.

08-31-2005, 09:44 AM
Heck, Meer...the first 65 pounds wuz eeeezy.....now it's a fight to get down..."just one or two pounds"....more....a little more...
Save the KIDNEYS....and a spare pancreas......

08-31-2005, 11:38 AM
Meer glad the news isn't so dire. Now I won't feel guilty when I mouth off with a snide remark. :D

Pal, you sound like an old car just scoping out the junk yard. tongue.gif