It appeared a fortuitous sign, the x-ray/simulation appointment at the hospital today was cancelled due to flooding. They called in the morning with a delay notice, and then later with the cancel notice. I’m supposed to just “come in to the scheduled appointment on Monday morning”. Well that just didn’t compute! The Monday appointment is to start radiation. Are we just canceling a step?
So I called the radiation guy and he said that they’d do both steps Monday morning back-to-back. The step today was to make sure all last minute alignments are in place as a double check. Not a step I’d like to see missed, so I wanted to double check that they would have time to double check. Not every day you have the pleasure of being nuked in the neck. Monday is also the day I’ll receive the first shot of chemo, which means a day and night in the hospital, not to mention getting the PEG tube put in.
While on the phone, I asked the rad guy if there was any chance I could avoid the brachytherapy (he calls it a brachy boost) later on and he says that with the type of cancer I have, they’ve had very good success (+97%) using this localized radiation seed implant. Not doing so, he says, opens up a little door for problems later on. It may appear that the cancer is eradicated, but it’s impossible to tell for sure. There are different types of remission and the bastard cells can come roaring back months or years later. Better to take the extra step he says. Also, he can lessen the dial on the radiation for the next 6.5 weeks knowing I’ll be getting the boost later. So I asked if the lessening of radiation will enable me to avoid the PEG tube, and he says again, not a good idea. Strike two against trying to avoid multiple holes being opened in frontal section.
Part of my homework was picking up several prescriptions prior to Monday morning, which I did today. One of the prescriptions – for chemo nausea control was quite costly, over $400 for two days of pills. I asked the pharmacist why so expensive. She says because it’s for “chemo.” Nice cornered market. So I pleasantly tell the nice pharmacist that I won’t be filling that prescription. I’ll feel less nauseous not spending the four bills. Will take my chances.
So looking forward to a nice relaxed weekend, the last weekend, pre radiation. It’s new toothpaste from here on out.