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When I say the onc. checks the nodes around Charlie's neck, maybe he's checking the glands. I'm not medical, and I don't know the difference between nodes and glands - so don't go by me on that one. Also, Charlie did have lymph node involvement.
His onc. does schedule blood work, but it's to check the white count which I don't think is all that important at this time (he hasn't had chemo for over a year and sees his pcp regularly for blood work). If the onc is checking something else, I don't know what, but I do assume it is unrelated to the cancer itself. He adds on the CA19 only when I ask - he has always thought it was worthless.
Charlie scans have been every six months - this time it was stretched to seven months because of the Holidays (Charlie was happy with this so I kept my mouth shut).
The onc. is already talking about one year intervals, but he has never treated a patient with a resected tumor before. I don't think he really knows what to do next. I'm just grateful I have some idea, thanks to this board! So no, the appts. will NOT be stretched out for a year! If there is a reoccurance in the future, Charlie will want to fight.
You are lucky you have Dr. Laheru!
I pray for many more good years for you, Margaret.
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