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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:46 pm
by J_T
Darn it Steve! What a damn shame. You are so stoical, you are an inspiration.

Keep flexing those muscles! ;-)

Julia x

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:12 pm
by InfoForMum
Steve,

You recently commented on one of my posts, so thought I'd have a look at your story. I'm fighting on my Mum's behalf, so understanding more about the journey we're starting on is good. What stands out is your incredible determination. I hope I can I can support my Mum to stay the course, whatever that may be, half as well as you. Good luck with everything and sending fighting vibes.

Sarah

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:46 am
by InfoForMum
Hi Steve, I'm back and the 2 weeks since my last post seems more like 2 years. I now have a far deeper understanding and respect for where you are. Appart from size of tumour (18mm on diagnosis)and involvement of vessels (veins plus 1 hepatic artery branch), there is not much difference in your and my Mum's diagnosis. When 15mm right or left and 15mm bigger or smaller can make this much difference it makes you wonder at the world doesn't it.

I'm not sure how you are doing now. Whether Nanoknife was persued, how you're generally fairing. Hope the answer is mostly good.

Sarah
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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:43 pm
by Slewis7313
Hi Sarah, just got back from a night away with friends and seen your update. I have updated my real life story, but basically am doing really well at the moment, with no symptoms and no treatment. However, the tumour as you may have seen is still there and continues to be a challenge for the surgeons. As you say, the learning curve is unbelievable and we all become experts very quickly. I am putting together scan results and reports to send off to cyberknife and nanoknife experts as well as Heidelberg University Hospital (the latter as a second opinion, though I will be surprised if they agree to consider surgery, but who knows eh?). My tumour has obviously been given a serious push back with chemo and radiotherapy, so I feel I now have a little time to look at my options without rushing into anything.

Take c and good luck!

Steve

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:21 am
by Slewis7313
In my last post, I used the statement 'but who knows' with regards to Heidelberg.......... Well knock me down with a feather, I received an email yesterday morning confirming I could have CyberKnife treatment at the London Clinic, followed shortly by an email from Heidelberg saying they were happy to go ahead with the operation after the shrinkage brought about by radiotherapy! Last night was a bit of a haze, but the only way is Heidelberg so I am working on getting that sorted as soon as possible. My Company's Private Health Insurance does not normally cover procedures outside the UK, bit as it is not available in the UK, they are reviewing policy. On top of all that, my Company are sending me to Cyprus on 12th October for a few days business, so I am taking Margaret along and extending a few days. As it is a business trip, the Company travel Insurance covers all illnesses, including pre-existing cancers!

I know many of you are going through very difficult times at the moment when I seem to be 'on the up' (for now anyway), but you are never far from my thoughts and I certainly hope some of my current luck rubs off!

Take care all

Steve
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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:54 am
by InfoForMum
Fanbloodytabulous news Steve!!! So, so pleased for you. With the cyberknife as backup, hol in the offing and (fingers crossed) an insurer working to make Heidlberg happen feels like most of the luck you're owed landed at once. Well I say luck, but you've grafted for this haven't you.

One thing I saw last night I'm wondering if you know more about. Have seen a few US posts where nanoknife was on standby to be done during the whipple IF when surgery attempted any unexpected surprises show up. A Dr Martin was mentioned (sorry can't find posts now)

Wishing you a smooth as possible path to taking advantage of all this and have a marvellous break.

Sarah (sitting with a good big grin now)

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:04 am
by Slewis7313
Thanks Sarah, that is a good call regarding Nanoknife so I'll mention it to them. They have said it all hinges on what they find when they go in, so a backup might be useful just in case (we have to be practical). All a bit scarey, but for all the right reasons,

Steve
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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:28 am
by Sones
Steve this is excellent news, so good to hear. x

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:54 am
by belgrade
This is wonderful news Steve, I am so pleased for you and your family. All good news seems like a victory against this awful disease. Have a lovely trip!
Hilary

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:42 pm
by KATB
Lovely to hear some positive news and don't feel bad about posting it - we want and need to hear for it.

You go for it!

K
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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:13 pm
by Slewis7313
And one more..... Professor Secretary has just emailed me to say I am also suitable for NanoKnife. I certainly have more option than 48 hours ago!

Steve
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Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:24 pm
by InfoForMum
Cup runnething over for a change - fab!

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:10 pm
by J_T
Wow! What amazing news Steve! So, so pleased for you and your family.

A yabbadabbadoo moment I think!!!!!!!!!!

Kick ass!

Julia x

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:54 pm
by Birchen
Hello Steve
So glad to hear your brilliant news. I to have emailed Heidelberg as my husband Terry has a tumour in the tail with spreads to the liver. All his tumours have shrank after 3 x 3 lots of gemcitabine and capecitabine otherthan 2 on the liver which have grown a little in size.
Heidelberg have said that it we forward over the latest CT scan they will take a look and let us know costs etc as they say he would need a three week stay. We to have private health care but not sure whether it will cover treatment in another country so any info you have on this would be appreciated.
good luck Lyn

Re: So far so good!

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:35 pm
by karen17
Steve I am so pleased for you and your family. I have also read research suggesting that nanoknife is well placed to be used during the whipples so do ask. Cant think where I saw it though!
Good luck
Karen xx