We are now off chemotherapy for the time-being and in the official "get ready for surgery" phase of the adventure. Karen and I met with Dr. Billingsley this morning, and he decided that I am as ready (chemotherapy-wise) as I can be, and that we should get going. That means a CT scan (scheduled for May 25th) so that he can get a detailed look at the position and size of the tumors. Then I will be anesthetized and resected on Tuesday, May 31st at OHSU. I expect to be at OHSU for 5-7 days, and then will be recovering at home for several weeks. Apparently liver surgery is not for wimps. Just for grins (and to chase down any more cancer cells that cannot yet be detected), we will have another six chemotherapy treatments after I have sufficiently recovered from the surgery. But maybe without the Erbitux/cetuximab (if there is ANY justice in the world)...
I am still awfully tired, and do not have enough energy for witticisms or semi-profound connections to the larger world. Sorry about that.
But this is good news, and I am happy to be more in-the-know about my near-future. Now, if the rash, fatigue, and constipation would just ease up a bit. :)
And July 4th is definitely ON!