Wow, time flies when you’re having fun! I’ve done gone a whole month without posting as they say in Texas.
So, this is what happened in the meantime:
In Cologne, I undertook a couple of alternative (or experimental as my radio-oncologists called it) treatments related to the immune system. Firstly, I was given a treatment called hyperthermia. My head was heated up to 41.5º C using radio waves. Thus, the tumour cells, being less heat-resistant, will develop so called “stress-proteins” which should in turn make them visible to killer cells. I also was infected with the so called “Newcastle Disease Virus”, a so called oncolytic virus, because it only grows inside tumour cells and will again mark the tumour as something “foreign” which will be attacked by the immune system. Lastly, I had the dendritic cells, which had been grown from my white blood cells, injected into my lymphatic system, where they will help with the production of immune cells. This whole thing was done over a period of one week; I stayed at a nice hotel and still had time for a little sightseeing on the side. Not too bad at all, especially since there were no side effects from the treatments.
Back in Zurich I spent some time setting up the radiotherapy, which has now started and will go on until the end of August. I have to go into hospital every weekday and get a 10-minute dose of radiation. I’m sure I’m quite radiant already…
Parallel to that, I have started with a low dosage chemotherapy with Temozolomide and I’m happy to report that there are no ill-effects at all so far from either of the treatments. I still feel a bit tired at times, but that’s about all there’s to it. Oh yes, I still can’t concentrate for longer periods and my eyesight’s still dubious – but that was to be expected.
Since I’ll be spending the summer at home and have plenty of free time on my hands feel free to pop by for a drink or two should you happen to pass through Zurich – I could use the diversion.