Scanxiety

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death It’s that time again, blood tests, a round of scans and the short, stressful, wait to see how much worse my cancer is. No matter how many times I go thru this it is always the most stressful of times within my treatment cycle. SCANXIETY The wait between having a scan and gettingContinue reading “Scanxiety”

Cancer Clinical Trials

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common malignancy and second leading cause of cancer-related death amongst men in the Western World. The idea to utilise the patients’ immune system to fight tumours has revolutionized the field of anticancer therapy within the last decade. In fact, immunotherapeutic approaches have been triumphant in several highlyContinue reading “Cancer Clinical Trials”

Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. Today is a good day, no it was better than that, much better, today is a GREAT day. I am one step nearer to an important clinical trial I have been anticipating for close to four, long, pandemic years. During a recent consultation with my current oncologist, Dr Eswar, I (further), expressed myContinue reading Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

A Busy Day

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. “Scanxiety.” A word that has featured in several of my posts. For people who have had a cancer diagnosis, undergoing imaging scans, prostate cancer PSA tests, can lead to a variety of emotions. It is common to feel stress or worry in the period before a medical test, during the test, and while waitingContinue reading “A Busy Day”

Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy (SABR)

Life– Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death.  Also known as stereotactic body radiation treatment or CyberKnife® (SBRT), is a highly focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose of radiation concentrated on a tumour, while limiting the radiation dose to the surrounding organs. Lowering the risk of collateral damage. SABR differs from conventional radiation in several ways. Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT)Continue reading “Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy (SABR)”

I would rather know

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. Today is results day. The results of my latest PSMA-PET scan. PSA level is (still) the most reliable indication of prostate cancer advancement. A simple blood test (PSA test). A sudden change ‘a spike’ is never good. I had a scheduled (every 6 months) PSA test in April with nothing thatContinue reading “I would rather know”

Radiopharmaceuticals

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. Radiation Therapy Enters the Molecular Age The past two decades have brought a sea change in the way many types of cancer are treated. I have mentioned several studies researching this in recent posts, notably the Royal Marsden study I have enrolled on – Targeted therapies (precision medicines) shut down specificContinue reading “Radiopharmaceuticals”

What Is Your Genome?

Life –Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. Your genome is the information needed to build the human body and keep it healthy It is written in chemical code called DNA The genome is made of segments of DNA called genes and other genetic material Most cancers are caused by cells with unusual changes in their genome. UK scientistsContinue reading “What Is Your Genome?”

17/3/22 – Everton

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death. 17th March, St Patrick’s ‘Paddy’s‘ Day. A huge date for ‘the Irish’ at home and around the world. St Patrick’s Day is also, the 6 year annavarsary of my radical prosectomy surgery (17/3/2016). That took place three months after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer (23/12/2015). Liverpool hasContinue reading “17/3/22 – Everton”