Week 75: A swollen leg & Chinese New Year

Written by Lars Haakon Soraas
30
Jan

Week 75 in the war on cancer has passed. Here are the highlights:

  • Dyanne has been in good shape more or less all week. Except…
  • On Monday night her left calf (part of leg below the knee) suddenly became swollen. A swollen leg can have many causes, and a quick call to my brother (the doctor) revealed that at least one cause may be dangerous. So off to the emergency room we went. Long story short: a blood test revealed it was not blood clot, and after Dyanne rested a bit on a bed at the ER (yes, there was some waiting time…), the leg turned back to normal. No one knows the reason for the swollen leg, but at least it was not a blood clot.

In research news, a very interesting article for how to manage brain metastasis in EGFR positive lung cancer patients was published last week. In short: if you have brain metastasis, it seems to be better to use stereotactic radiation to get rid of these before you start the regular therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. If you have EGFR positive lung cancer and brain metastasis, this is certainly something I would discuss with my oncolgist. More details here.

On Saturday we celebrated Chinese New Year. Thanks to everyone for a great party, and thanks to grandmother for babysitting.

Chinese New Year celebration

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