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All Things are Relative

October 7, 2009

5th Jun 2007

A week past Friday, Mrs D had a PET Scan to see if the cancer had spread anywhere else in her body. A lot depended on the results of that scan. Any indication that the cancer had spread outside her lung would have ruled out surgery as an option – since it would mean the cancer was in her blood stream

It has been an anxious wait for the results of that scan. Apart from weight loss, tiredness, and coughing up blood, she has not shown any other sign of illness, but this last week she has been experiencing constant pain in her chest. Perhaps because of this, she had convinced herself that the PET Scan would indicate the cancer had spread and she would be unable to have surgery – if that were the case, then statistically she had a very low probability of seeing out the year!

Understandably, Mrs D’s spirit was very low last week. However, on the way home from work yesterday, the nurse attached to the cancer team at the hospital phoned her mobile to say the team had just met to review her case, and the results of the PET Scan, and the surgeon was happy to proceed with an operation (which suggests the cancer has not yet spread). We will probably be getting an appointment later this week to meet with him to discuss the detail of the operation.

scales250This was great news and really lifted her spirits. After taking Wee Rab and ‘the girls’ round the park and giving them their tea, we went round to our local and I lifted a few spirits myself. It may seem odd to celebrate the fact someone we care about has only a 50-60% chance of being alive in 5 years time, but when the alternative could have been so much worse, I felt like we had won the lottery!

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  1. October 8, 2009 1:02 pm

    Indeed, relative risk is confusing sometime. When I jumped on the slab for heart valve replacement surgery I was sure I’d be one of the 5% who didn’t wake up again.

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