I know they were 'prostates' because, unusually for men, they were chatting away together about their condition and treatment. Men are generally pretty reluctant to talk about anything to do with their 'bits' (unless its to boast about the size) but these 2 chaps treated me to a full description of both the operation they had and the examinations required. This made me smile. Especially as their wives were joining in with much gusto !
When the clinic is quiet I always wonder why. What has happened? Where is everybody? I get used to seeing the same faces week after week so its noticable when one disappears - have they got better? or have they succumbed?
Dr P was busy with a poorly patient so yet again I was called in to see his registrar. I always think its a good sign when you are 'demoted' to see the registrar - and yet again it was. Everything is fine. My blood results, surprisingly, are still normal. I say surprisingly because I have been on the highest dose of Sutent for over 8 months now and it is, after all, a toxic drug.
We had a quick chat about how I was feeling, which is great at the moment, and about how I feel at the end of each cycle, which is pretty grotty. The answer to this would be to reduce the dose I am taking but to take it continuously, so I am getting the same amount of Sutent but evened out over the cycle. Which sounds like a great idea to me. However, she wasnt prepared to make that decision until I have had my next CT scan which is due in the beginning of Janurary and discussed it with Dr P. So all in all another positive and very encouraging visit for me.
Today is Carolines 50th birthday - a day I thought I would never see. And tonight she is having a big party. And I will be there. How fantastic is that?