About this Blog

This blog started as an online diary and place for me to rant about annoyances in my family.

However since July it has become a place for me to catalogue and express my views and opinions on the treatment I have recieved following the diagnosis of a potentially cancerous tumor in my bowel.

On 3rd August 2011 I was told that it was cancerous. In April 2012 I was given the all clear.

October 15th 2013 I was diagnosed with peritoneal disease and liver metastases. The cancer was back and this time it is inoperable.

It is a little bit out of date as the NHS doesn't tend to have a WiFi connection in hospital and I can only post when I get home and posts take a while to write.

It is NOT about individuals or the nursing profession. It is about some of the inadequacies in the system and the way the NHS is failing some people.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Some technical stuff!!

My current chemotherapy regime consists of an infusion of Irinotecan, an infusion of folinic acid and a 46/48 hour infusion of 5FU. 

This is generic chemotherapy and works on a range of cells within the human body. Including my peritoneal tumour and my liver metastases.

There are also a range of cancer treatments called monoclonal antibodies. These work by targeting the specific proteins on the surface of the tumour, latching onto them and stopping the blood flow to the tumour. This stops the tumour growing. 

However they are not suitable for every type of tumour. I received the news last Wednesday that the histology, or make up, of my tumour means it is suitable for this treatment.

It means next Wednesday, I add another dimension to my treatment, and another level of side effects. 

But this is specific treatment, let's hope it works and Avastin can kick my tumours butt!!