Happy New Year!
Success. There are many synonyms for it including: triumph, victory, positive outcome, or even the good life. It is difficult to decide which word or phrase to use right now as my dad moves forward with his battle of cancer. It has been a long time since I have posted an update on my dad but have no fear, it is not because he has been receiving bad news.
Today, my dad went in for the results of his blood work and 3-month MRI. My dad continues to have positive outcomes with his battle. The MRI showed that there has been no growth or spreading of his cancer. It remains small (er) in the pancreas and liver. In addition to this, his one kidney is showing positive results. It actually shows that it is in the NORMAL range. My dad told me that the normal range is anywhere from 0.9-1.5. The higher the more it is struggling. My dad's is functioning at 1.4! It is the first time in 10 years that it has been in the normal range. The cancer treatments that my dad has tried, the chemo pill, the Whipple surgery and PRRT has helped him in many ways. These treatments are very difficult on your body and unfortunately cause every day side effects but I am so thankful that my dad continues to fight.
My dad's oncologist told them today that his cancer has stayed stable for 1 YEAR! In his professional opinion, he feels that because of those results my dad does not need to come in for his MRI scans every 3 months but now every 4 months. I feel that is both exciting and scary. So much can happen in 4 months. However, for an oncologist specializing in nueroendrocine cancer to say there is no need for it is very exciting! It will also be less stress on his kidney.
I count my blessing that he continues to get good news! It looks like it is going to be a great New Year!
Success, triumph, victory, positive outcome, or the good life, whichever you want to use, explains the way the family is feeling!
As always, thank you for being our community in supporting and praying for him! We definitely feel the love!