Here’s the latest Beducator brain tumor update.

The first six months of intense chemotherapy are done!

In June 2024, I had a new MRI scan performed on my dome to see what was going on in there, and the MRI came back showing no new growth, which was the best result I could’ve expected.

I then met with my medical oncologist, and he said he was fine with discontinuing chemotherapy and moving forward with only monitoring things with MRI scans. He also said that I could choose to continue the chemotherapy for another six months, as I was tolerating the drug quite well.

This presented me with a bit of a quandary, as there’s conflicting research regarding the efficacy of extending this chemotherapy from month six to month twelve. Maybe continuing chemotherapy would prolong my life expectancy, or maybe extending the treatment would only be putting my body through unnecessary stresses for minimal benefit. The biggest concern is my ability to deal with the toxicity of the drug, which so far, I seem to be tolerating quite well.

It seems to come down to a bit of damned if I do, damned if I don’t. After some discussions, I decided to split the difference and continue the intense chemotherapy for at least three more months. And then I’ll get another MRI and with continued monitoring we’ll see how I’m processing the medicine, and at that time I can decide if I want to move forward with another three months of chemotherapy, or call it quits (the chemotherapy, that is).

I must admit, I’ve enjoyed not having to take the chemotherapy for the past seven weeks, and it even allowed me the opportunity to sneak in an arthroscopic procedure on my right knee (#9 or #10 on that knee – I’ve lost count), and I’m very pleased with the result of that surgery.

So, at the beginning of July, it will be back again to the rat poison regimen – at least for another three months. But I can’t complain. I can take a bit more discomfort for a few more months. The worst thing that can happen is that I’ll feel lousy for a bit longer with minimal positive results. But on the optimistic side, it could also turn into an extension of my quality of life.

This is no time to be myopic. I’ve got to look at things via a long term lens. Bring on the d-CON!

Knee Surgery PreOpGetting ready for knee surgery. The hairnet is a good look.

Knee StitchesStitches from the arthroscopic procedure. Looks like my knee is smiling, or winking.

Urgnet CareUrgnet Care. No, this is NOT where I went for my knee or brain surgery!