The Kraken Wakes
Posted Friday, 26 August, 2011on:
A few days before each appointment, I have a blood test at the Pinehill hospital in Hitchin, Herts (because that’s only a few minutes drive from home) and the results are sent to the Prof in time for our appointment.
There’s a substance in blood, called CA15.3, which is a tumour marker. I think its normal value is under 50.
On Thursday 7th April 2011, I had my blood test, and saw the Prof on Tuesday 12th April. My CA15.3 was slightly raised, at 55. So I had a PET/CT scan at the Rivers on Thursday 14th April – the report came back clear – no abnormal activity.
My next appointment was in July, so on Tuesday 12th I had my blood test, and on Tuesday 19th July I saw the Prof. My CA15.3 was up to nearly 300, so on Thursday 21st I had another PET/CT scan. I saw the Prof again on Tuesday 26th July, and the results this time were bad news – my breast cancer had metastasised – come to life again – in various places. So chemotherapy is needed as soon as possible.
On Friday 29th July, my BUPA cancer nurse came to my home to take my blood for a test (this one was to show a level of 494), and on Monday 1st August 2011 she came to administer the first chemo treatment.
I’ll write about what drugs I’m having, and how often, next time.