to zap tumour growing on/in/under L5 vertebrae and pushing on Sciatic nerve.
Tuesday went to Victoria for Radiation. They nuke the areas from the front and back with low dose radiation to kill the Plasmacytoma(tumour) and hopeyfully over the next two weeks it will slowly rot away and my pain in the leg/hip will go away. So far, no change. 70% chance of success.
You can not even tell the machine is on except for a buzzing noise. The only thing I have to remember the trip, is black lines on my stomach that are used to line up the machine. Very high tech.....99 cent sharpie felt pen.
They don't even put you in a hospital gown. They lay you on a table, throw a small towel over the privates, and tell you to "just pull the pants and underwear down until the equipment almost shows" My doctor, a attractive 30 year old woman, was literally passing me her phone number while I was pulling my underwear up. I think she liked me
Next up is Chemo that starts April 6.
Also got to visit both sets of parents on the trip, as they live on Vancouver Island, where Victoria is.
In this type of plasma cell neoplasm, the abnormal plasma cells (myeloma cells) collect in one location and form a single tumor, called a plasmacytoma. A plasmacytoma may form in bone marrow or may be extramedullary (in soft tissues outside of the bone marrow). Plasmacytoma of the bone often becomes multiple myeloma. Extramedullary plasmacytomas commonly form in tissues of the throat and sinuses; these usually can be cured.
Symptoms depend on where the tumor is.
- In bone, the plasmacytoma may cause pain or broken bones.
- In soft tissue, the tumor may press on nearby areas, causing pain or other problems. A plasmacytoma in the throat, for example, can make it difficult to swallow