Thursday, June 2, 2011
Still none the wiser
The consultant phoned with preliminary thoughts after the scan pictures came back from this morning. The scan showed up with worse oedema (swelling) than the last scan but they still cannot rule out this being due to previous radiotherapy (!). However, if the current symptoms were 'merely' due to radiotherapy we'd have reason to expect him returning to better health, in spite of the swelling symptoms, which is not really the case: it seems he's increasingly being held together by drugs. They want to do a blood test tomorrow and then do some planning around further chemo, possibly Temozolomide. The scans have gone off to Birmingham though and we're waiting for their opinion on the 'clever' aspects - the 'spec' part, which should highlight fast-growing cells and take some of the lingering uncertainty out of the equation.