Another weapon of mass destruction.
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=radiation&iid=5214681″ src=”d/4/a/b/Nuclear_Bomb_Test_db0a.jpg?adImageId=7988508&imageId=5214681″ width=”234″ height=”179″ /]The “mass” in this case being the lesion on my right 8th rib. On December 10 I will be starting radiation to settle that thing down. The radiation oncologist doesn’t think it’s really all that much worse than the last scan showed, but since it’s been hurting me lately we’ll use the radiation as pain control.
I’ll have a “dry run” of the radiation on December 9, and then 10 treatments after that on business days, so I’ll finish on December 23 if all goes well. The radiation itself will go only the depth of my rib, so no other organs should be touched and there should be little to no associated fatigue. Each treatment will last one minute, but I’ll have to drive 1/2 an hour each way to get there.
Chemo continues. I’m scheduled through February 11, 2010. That will be the end of round seven of what will be eight or nine rounds. Each round lasts a month. I have put my chemo days under the “schedule” tab at the top of the blog.
My worse side effects from the chemo come after the third week of treatment. The one that annoys me most is the terrible pain in all of my fingertips. This is a result of nerve damage from the chemo. It lasts about a week during which time I can’t open a pop top or tear a piece of paper. It’s like I have clubs instead of fingers. Oh, and the fatigue is just great.
I’m feeling pretty well today because I’ve had my chemo break. I’m going to have to drag myself back to get poisoned again tomorrow. I am NOT looking forward to it. Blah.