Well, we still don’t have the pathology report on the throat ulcers, so we haven’t begun the official treatment. But Brian improved enough in his capacity to eat and drink that they released him yesterday, to be treated out-patient.
While he was in, they did a chest CT to check the progress of the anti-tumor treatment. We were saddened to have it confirmed that the Cabozantinib has had a mixed result: working on the soft tissues, but unfortunately not on the bones, in which the cancer has progressed. This indicates discontinuing that particular treatment.
It’s not what we’d hoped, but the potential upside is cessation of the many unpleasant side effects from the Cabo. Then, when we see the oncologist in a fortnight, we will discuss possible next-line treatments and their potential effects. With that information, we can plot the course forward.
Brian is feeling much better now that he can eat and drink, though he is quite tired, his pain continues to be difficult to manage without excessive sedation, and nausea is still at hand. But we are comforted by the addition of a home visiting nurse, who will visit each week and be available on call. This might well make it possible to avoid some ER visits and hospitalizations, through ready advice and such services as home hydration.
We shall rest, then. And maybe take the Christmas decorations down. And upload those pictures of the new car that I had promised.