CT Scan Results & The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) meeting

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.

Tumor size by date

Over the next few weeks there will be a fair bit of activity, here is the schedule as we know it.

May 11Blood test at St. Boniface
May 12Cycle 3 Day 1 Treatment at St. Boniface
May 19Cycle 3 Day 8 Treatment at St. Boniface
May 20Pulmonary function tests
May 25Blood test at Health Sciences to confirm stem cells adequate
May 26Stem Cell Collection at Health Sciences
June 4Meeting with the BMT Dr. to confirm the procedure
June 9Tentative 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.

Sand Castles on Coney Island, Lake of the Woods

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