Went to see the radio-oncologists a few days ago. What a contrast to my neurosurgeon!
The idea was to discuss my therapy and options, as well as (or so I thought) to answer any questions I might have. The doctor (think young urban Porsche driver with an attitude) was late for the appointment then rushed in declaring “… have to do this quickly, must move on …”. He then proceeded to tell me about the therapy: six full weeks of daily radiation, plus chemotherapy (Temozolomide).
This is how the conversation went:
Tom: So, what’s that going to do for me?
Doc: It’s going to add about three to four months to your life expectancy.
Tom: Well, that’s not really a lot, isn’t it?
Doc: You’ve about fourteen months then…
It all went downhill from there (did I mention he was German?)
On the bright side, I am going to a clinic in Cologne tomorrow to start what is called a virotherapy. This is an alternative cancer treatment, which has shown quite some success and has been recommended to me by doctor friends (thanks Anja!).
In the clinic, doctors will grow something called dendritic cells from my white blood cells. These dendritic cells will then be loaded with a virus and injected into my system. Thus my autoimmune system should be kick-started and able to develop antibodies against the tumour. Sounds great, eh?
I’ll keep you posted on the progress!