DYANNE & LARS’ WAR AGAINST LUNG CANCER

  • January 10, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Week 20 in the war on cancer has passed. Here are the highlights:
    Dyanne is still coughing a bit and has a sore mout and has been a bit tired. She is maybe getting a bit better, but still not completely well.
    We went for a regular check-up (every 6 months) of the ovarian cysts she has. The gynecologist at the Oslo University Hospital did not seem concerned. He believes they are not cancerous and no need to do anything. However, we asked him what he would think about anti-estrogen and anti-progesterone treatment and his response was that... "well, if you are considering this, maybe a better option might be to just do surgery and remove the last ovary and the cysts".

  • January 3, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Week 19 in the war on cancer has passed, as have the year 2015. Happy New Year to everyone!
    Dyanne's cough is still hanging around and she has not felt great the last few days. We will do a new "nose test" tomorrow to see if it may be some bacteria or virus causing it. A lot of people in Norway has this kind of cough at this time of the year, but it is nevertheless not any fun. Hope it will soon go away.
    Dyanne also went to the pharmacy this week and picked up the following medicines: celecoxib, ritonavir, spironolactone, dapson, itraconazole, clarithromycin, disulfiram and warfarin

  • December 27, 2015
    Written By Dyanne Soraas

    It has been Christmas, and week 18 in the war on cancer has passed. Not too much has happened, but here are some news.
    Dyanne's cough has not completely gone away yet. An x-ray done Monday this week showed an improvement in the lungs in the area where there is suspected pneumonitis. That the cough did not go away quickly despite Dyanne taking methylprednisolone, may indicate the cough is not due to pneumonitis. Which is good news. I have also gotten a cough and it may just be some common kindergarden bacteria or viruses.

  • December 21, 2015
    Written By Dyanne Soraas

    Week 17 in the war on cancer has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Some good news, and some less good news.
    The cough Dyanne developed over last weekend may be pneumonitis roaring its head again. X-ray on Monday did not show any improvement and Niki recommended to put nivolumab on hold, start methylprednisolone (Medrol) again and to also put erlotinib on hold. Pneumonitis is nothing you play around with and better to be on the safe side, or that is the Niki's judgement at least.

  • December 12, 2015
    Written By Dyanne Soraas

    Week 16 in the war on cancer. The war was moved to Germany for this week. Definitely an interesting chapter in this saga.
    On Wednesday we met with a clinic called IOZK in Cologne. They offer a dendritic cell vaccine with Newcastle Disease Virus. It sounds promising, especially if combined with e.g. nivolumab. But also expensive. They wanted €3000 for the initial blood test necessary. And treatment would cost around €30 000. What is the efficacy of this treatment? Hard to say...

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