I can hardly contain myself! I’ve just got back from the Hospital where I received the results from the CT scan I had on the 8th February and the news is really good; a really positive step.
If you remember, last time the tumour in the lymph node in my chest had grown from 16mm to 24mm, which was disappointing, but at least there was no spread. This time the report said the following:
In the chest, hilar and mediastinal lymphadenopathy visible in the prior study has reduced a little in volume. An index sub carinal lesion has reduced from 25 to 20 mm in diameter
In layman’s terms; THE TUMOUR HAS REDUCED IN SIZE! YIPPEE!
This is actually the first really positive step for about 2 years. It was great to find out that the cancer had stopped spreading as it was extremely aggressive and had moved down my body fairly rapidly over a period of a few months. But I still had the feeling that we were fighting, we might have had it on the back foot but we weren’t quite winning. Now I feel we are winning; as well as it not spreading, the tumour has now started reducing and there is no sign of it recurring anywhere.
My wife and I went and had a bun and a cup of tea in York Art Gallery cafe to celebrate.
After some reflection the engineer in me kicked in and I looked at the results again. Last time I had been told that the tumour had increased in size from 16mm to 24mm, this time I had been told the tumour had reduced from 25mm to 20mm. Firstly, I concluded that the measurements were obviously not very accurate – how big was the tumour last time? 24 or 25mm? It might seem a small difference but if you work out the percentages it is quite a large error given the size. Secondly, there is only one dimension – how big is this thing and what shape is it? I’d assumed we were talking about the length of the thing but the latest report mentions “diameter” – is it spherical? Some people would call me a pedant – they might be correct – but I’m going to have to ask these questions of someone.
So what has caused this change? As usual I have no idea.
Since the last scan in November, I have changed the following things:
- I’ve reduced my alcohol intake to virtually zero (except while I was on my skiing holiday)
- I’ve been stricter about my diet (again, apart from during my holiday)
- I stopped taking the Laetrile and Apricot kernels in early December
- I added Curcumin tablets, Resveratrol and Beta Glucans to the list of supplements I take
I think it is a combination of all the things I’m doing but I think the first two have contributed the most. I remain convinced that the Laetrile and Apricot kernels were largely responsible for killing off the cancer cells and stopping the aggressive spread so I may start taking apricot kernels again but in small doses. The beta glucans are designed to get into your lymphatic system so they may have helped, as may the Curcumin and the Resveratrol. The results may just be the product of doing what I’ve been doing for the last year.
Whatever is responsible, I don’t really care! Just knowing that the tumour is reducing gives me renewed hope that this is beatable, so I’m going to Keep on Keeping On!