Yesterday was a CT scan at St. Boniface which has become a routine event. Just writing that seems a little weird that I now consider such a significant test as “routine”. As I look back this was at least #4 or perhaps #5 for me. After a while you get the hang of the process.
Today, we met with the nurse and doctor that will be looking after me in the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) process. They are both very nice and explain everything and answer all our questions.
The good news from the CT scan is that the tumor has responded well to the chemotherapy treatments and has been reduced from 8.5 cm x 6.2 cm to 6.6 cm x 2.9 cm, a 63.6% reduction which is awesome and clears the way for proceeding with the BMT.
Just for reference, here is a graphic to scale of the tumor according to the CT scan reports for both 2018 and 2020.
Over the next few weeks there will be a fair bit of activity, here is the schedule as we know it.
|May 11||Blood test at St. Boniface|
|May 12||Cycle 3 Day 1 Treatment at St. Boniface|
|May 19||Cycle 3 Day 8 Treatment at St. Boniface|
|May 20||Pulmonary function tests|
|May 25||Blood test at Health Sciences to confirm stem cells adequate|
|May 26||Stem Cell Collection at Health Sciences|
|June 4||Meeting with the BMT Dr. to confirm the procedure|
|June 9||Tentative date for admission to hospital for BMT procedure|
It seems that I’ll be a resident in the hospital for most of June and escape in early July hopefully to the lake for some sun, rest & relaxation.