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Chronic Blood Products

The title of this post is pretty scary, no? But hey, ’tis the sort of language one hears a lot when diagnosed with cancer.

Specifically, the latest MRI of my gnosh, performed on 11/26/18, states:

There are chronic blood products associated with the parenchymal lesions (i.e. brain tumors)

Want another good one? Try saying “vasogenic edema“, a la:

Localized vasogenic edema in this location is not significantly changed

Let’s move on to some scary words written into my latest chest/abdomen/pelvis CT scan performed on 12/3/18:

Interval increase in size of a left common iliac chain lymph node (from .7 cm to 1.9 X 2.4 cm), concerning for worsening metastatic disease

Ok, ok, enough doom and gloom. As I’ve said in a previous post, an excellent word that is joy to the ears of a cancer patient is “unremarkable“, as in:

Spleen: Unremarkable

Pancreas: Unremarkable

Gall Bladder: Unremarkable

Adrenals: Unremarkable

Kidneys/Ureters: Unremarkable

 

 

Yepp, you read that right. Seeing the words “unremarkable reproductive organs” on your CT scan report is exquisitely delicious!

Categories: Cancer
  1. December 16, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Just caught up on all your cancer posts. So sorry you have it, but it’s great that you’re keeping such a great attitude – I’m sure you’re an inspiration to many – both victims and people close to them. I just loved the unremarkable genitals comment! My mum had cancer for many years and I think you summed it up earlier by talking about the mental component being so challenging, but it seems like you’ve got that one licked (liked your Martini treatment :).

    All I can say is hang in there, because one of my relations passed away just before they released Opdivo, which would of helped him, so you just gotta stay one step ahead of that terrible disease. You never know what’s around the corner for you, as the current research is astounding, with things like Therapeutic Viruses and Nanotech that are being developed exponentially in line with Ray Kurzweil’s law of Accelerating Returns – who knows what next year will hold…

    Hope you get put on a trial for some fantastic new Thingammy ™ that just blows it all away!

    • December 16, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Yepp. When the Opdivo stops working I’ll volunteer for any applicable clinical study that will advance the field.

  2. Stew Morris
    January 19, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Great to read your blog. Came across it quite by accident when looking for some guidance on SYSML. Make your peace mate; you seem to have your priorities sorted and you head where it needs to be. Bon chance !

    • January 30, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Stew. I hope my blog was/is helpful to you!

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