Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A quick update on Cliff

We met Cliff's oncologist/radiation doctor this morning, and really liked him.  After talking to him, I really feel Cliff has chosen the right path.  He's very pleasant and easy to talk to.  

The next step is for Cliff to go back to the urologist, get markers put in for the radiation, and get started on the female hormones (gotta do some shopping for purses... haha).  It always takes 3 or 4 weeks to get at appointment with him, but Dr. McDonald told us this morning that "fast-growing" when you're talking about prostate cancer is nothing like "fast-growing" when it refers to lung cancer or breast cancer.  We needed to hear that.  He said once we get in to see the urologist, there will be no problem moving on with the radiation.

The radiation will go on five days a week for nine weeks, but probably won't start for at least a month due to the length of time it takes to see the other doctor.

Finally we have some sort of idea of the timing and a plan of action, which makes us feel better.  

I'm feeling much more positive now, and I think Cliff is, although, like most men, he doesn't always share his feelings completely.  

Peace!


9 comments:

Margaret said...

Purses, ha! It's great to have a lively sense of humor. Glad that you're both feeling better about the treatment and prognosis. xoxo

Melissa Wiggins said...

Having a plan to follow always helps ease the fear. And this sounds like a good plan -- although you will need to be super positive during that long spell of radiation when you know Cliff will be exhausted and sick and being exhausted. We all are standing with you guys -- you have friends all across the country sending you good wishes and healthy vibes.

Mary Thiel said...

my friend has had prostate cancer for the past 10 years and it is just this year that they noticed it's starting to grow. He will now start his radiation soon. So, there is hope.






TARYTERRE said...

having a plan in place makes dealing with the problem easier i'm sure. good luck as cliff combats this.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Keep the positive thoughts! They help !

krueth said...

Thank you for the update. It feels good when you finally have a plan and feel like you know what is happening. Wendy

Lori said...

Thanks for the update. I'm glad the doctor was able to put your minds at ease somewhat. When Thomas got the hormone shot, there was a waiting period of several weeks before he could begin the radiation. It had something to do with the shot, not any problem with seeing the doctor or scheduling the radiation. I don't know if that was unique to his situation or normal to all, but just a heads up there in case.

Jackie said...

That is the one good thing about Prostate Cancer, thank God! Continued prayers for Cliff.

Mary Degli Esposti said...

I miss a few posts...and...Cliff is a strong man with a gentle heart. I can't think of one other thing to type right now.