Time for my monthly update on how Rick is fighting stage IV kidney cancer. For so many months, we both have felt like we’ve been in the middle of a boxing ring fighting the good fight. Like Rocky Balboa, Rick has been right smack in the middle of the prize fight for his life with a huge guy throwing gut punches. I’m the one, between rounds, throwing water on him, squirting water in his mouth, and asking him to spit. I like to think I am way cuter than Burgess Meredith, who played his trainer!
This past Friday, Rick had a variety of scans. It was part of our “every two month” check-the-dude-inside-and-out during his “active surveillance” status. We have come to the point of just watching the remnants of little spots of cancer. This has created anxiety for me. Rick … he has moved on down the road of cancer. I don’t know how he does that.
So I decided we both needed a little break … maybe me more than him … so instead of heading home on Friday, Mimi stayed at the respite house, and Lulu reluctantly was boarded. I booked a room at the Hotel ZaZa down the street from the medical center. First time for us and what a cool place. They have a free shuttle that will drop off and pick up within five miles of the hotel, including the medical center. When I booked the room, I mentioned something about spending the day at MDA for testing and was offered a “medical rate.” It was very generous! Upon check-in, we were also upgraded to a suite. We had a lovely dinner that night and breakfast the next morning in their Monarch Restaurant. I recommend the Blackberry Margarita on the rocks, no salt. This was totally what we needed. One night of relaxation … in a cool atmosphere! I could write a whole post on this place.
Fast forward to yesterday. Rick had his last scan … a brain scan. It was a test they couldn’t do on Friday. Rick continues to wonder why he has to have a brain scan. He will be the first to admit, “there isn’t anything up there,” although I know differently. At lunchtime, we met with Dr. Campbell, Rick’s oncologist, that has been calling the shots since we started early last year.
In a peanut shell, he told us no cancer in the brain. CT and MRI scans show all cancer is stable. Essentially, what spots are left are either dead or the same size. The drugs from the immunotherapy clinical trial Rick was kicked off in January is probably still working and may continue for a very long time. One of the symptoms of the infusion drug continuing to work is itching, from the inside, and that is still happening.
Then Dr. Campbell dropped the big news. We will now be having scans every three MONTHS and seeing him every 3 MONTHS. Although Rick is still considered in treatment, we feel like we won the fifth round of a 10 round championship fight. God is good … all the time!
13 thoughts on “A cancer journey – scan results revealed”
Thanks be to God!
I’m so happy for you both. Good news for sure.
What wonderful news! God is good all of the time and it’s so inspiring to read about not only your cancer journey but also your faith journey! Love and hugs!
Thanks Loretta! Love and hugs to you!
Dixie, That is great news that things are going well.
Thanks Tina! Finally! 🙂
So happy for you and Rick to get GOOD NEWS! Our love to you both and keep up the good fight! AND remember: (un día a la vez)!
JUST WONDERFUL. My brother-in-law is having fantastic results with his immunotherapy treatments, too. Tumor reduced by over 50% in about 4 months time and no new cancer. God bless you both….and Mimi too.
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Thanks Ev! Rick has his boxing gloves on! Love to you and Joan! 🙂
Thanks Betty! Things are looking up finally! Great news about your brother-in-law! Immunotherapy is the wave of the future! 🙂
God bless you with His peace, love and continued favor. Prayers continue for this ✨Good News✨ about Rick. The journey continues, but the cancer has left the building….love and prayers
Aw … thanks so much Nancy! 🙂