Hello, Brenda and I went to see the Oncology Doctor yesterday Wednesday the 30TH of May.We were taken by car by our friend Peter, and on arriving in Hospital, he went to the Cafe, while Brenda and I went to the clinic called Alaw day centre, very modern and comfortable. They have a ward, where people receive their treatment and if while on chemotherapy you become ill, this is where you would come to.
We didn't wait long and then we were called in to see the specialist Doctor. Basically there were three options, one, go no further, two, receive hormone tablets for five years, and three have Chemotherapy.The Doctor went into all the percentages of each option of surviving and the effects of the treatments. So after listening Brenda asked the question what would you recommend? and the answer was chemotherapy. The cancer although not an aggressive type has the capability of starting somewhere else, if only a little speck had been left in the body, from the tumours that had been removed.
Then Brenda made the decision based on all the facts,even what our Daughter would say to do. The decision was to go for the Chemotherapy, which would involve 6 cycles of drugs put in through a vein in the arm, over a six month period. ( treatment once a month)
Then while having this treatment Brenda would be introduced to a doctor who would give radiology treatment 10 days or so after the Chemotherapy had finished.Then at some point there would be hormone tablets for five years. A lot of information to take in all in one go, beside the side affects of the chemotherapy to consider, although we were roughly aware of what was ahead.
When we were coming out of the centre we met our neighbours from across the road, the lady had finished her treatment there two years ago after having cancer, she said she would come over one day and chat to Brenda. One of the side effects is loosing your hair, but our neighbours hair had just gone very thin. The Doctor said they will have a wig made for Brenda after the first treatment.
Once we were home and Brenda had time to think, she felt more settled in her mind about all this treatment that was to come.Although to-day Brenda said it has been more of a shock than having the operations, she expressed it to one of the patients at the hospice who agreed having had similar treatment done. Brenda had a really good day at the hospice to-day, meeting a mixture of people with different conditions other than cancer.I was going to go with Brenda, but we agreed it would be good to go to the hospice by her self and use hospital transport there and back, a bit of time out.
Kindest Regards Alan