In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight
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Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Sharing bad news with strangers is most certainly a selfish act.
-Mike Gallagher

Dad and Shelley just got back from the oncologist. There's a choice of trying an already approved drug treatment or trying to enroll in a clinical trial. The prognosis without any treatment is only a handful of months. Maybe 4-6.

The FDA approved drug could perhaps extend that to 9 months and of course the doctor trotted out the anecdote of one 90 year old cancer patient of hers who had lasted 5 years. I figure that's an empty hope in this place. Sort of like rowing out into the ocean in a leaky canoe during a hurricane and hoping that Jonah's whale will give you a lift because it happened once before.

There's no telling about the clinical trial, whether it'll have any efficacy at all. They only accept patients who have had no previous treatment. If the scans still look terrible in 3 months we could always switch on to the standard drug treatment but it'll have wasted time.

I'll be heading off to the nephrologist in a hour and we'll see just how bad things get.
Tags: cancer, family, kidney disease
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