Week 73: Scan results - maybe some good news?

Written by Lars Haakon Soraas
15
Jan

Week 73 in the war on cancer has passed. It has been a quite good week. Here are the highlights:

  • On Monday we learned the results of the latest CT and MR scans. The CT scan showed all is good in Dyanne’s lungs. If you look at previous scans, it may even seem like the main tumor is shrinking a bit. No new lesions were spotted and that is, obviously, very good. The MR scan of the brain was a bit more difficult to read. There is some growth, but they believe it probably is an after effect of the stereotactic radiation Dyanne had in February 2016 of a brain metastasis.
  • We have run the results of the scans by a couple of other doctors. They generally agree that the growth in the brain is probably a radiation after effect, and one doctor even believe that the growth may be a result of the immune system doing its job and attacking the cancer cells in the brain.
  • Needless to say, in this war on cancer, there are few certainties. No one can be certain what the growth in the brain is. Worst case scenario it is a tumor growing. But best case scenario, it is either a radiation after effect or the signs of an immune response. As most doctors seem to believe the latter is more probable, we are cautiously optimistic about the results.
  • Dyanne has been in pretty good shape all week.

While we are fighting our war on cancer, the Norwegian Minister of Health, Mr Bent Høie, is fighting his war against patients lying in the corridors of Norwegian hospitals. In his annual speech to hospital bosses in Norway, he patted himself on the back and said there had been a decline in the share of patients lying in the corridors in Norwegian hospitals. Whether this was a result of people dying sooner or if the decline is due to other reasons, was not mentioned. And there was, of course, no mention of whether the survival rates for cancer patients improved in 2016 compared to previous years. Who cares about survival rates as long as the corridors are clean and empty of patients? What an imbecile minister of health we have here in Norway.

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