I have now informed all the family as to what I found out during my visit to the Alan Blair Cancer Clinic on Wednesday so I guess it is time to update all my blogging friends.
We traveled to Regina on Wednesday for my appointment and the construction on the highways was crazy. We left 3 hours before my appointment and just made it. Harvey and I were both very stressed by the time we arrived.
Got in pretty much immediately, but my stress level went even higher when they gave me a "My Treatment Journey" journal almost as soon as I arrived.
The oncologist said that the area of concern was in fact cancer, but it was stage 1A which is the very least that they measure and it seemed from what he read on the report that no more treatment would be necessary (lowered my stress level almost immediately). However he would not say I was 100% cured as they never do so.
I had an examination to make sure those sneaky cancer cells had not reached my colon and was told that for the rest of my life I would need to be checked once a year by my OB/GYN. That was a surprise.
He also told me that any change at all in my health, unexpected loss of weight, bloating or pain I was to get in to see a doctor immediately, and I was to be tested, scanned and any other tests my doctors figured necessary done and the results sent to the Alan Blair clinic. I was not to be put off with a shrug. He would be sending those recommendations to both the OB/GYN and my GP here in Estevan.
They were very disturbed that it took me almost 2 years to have my surgery and are checking into that. The oncologist said that should never have happened. Hopefully that changes how quickly others are able to have their surgery in the future. He said if it had been done earlier the pre cancerous cells probably would not have become cancer.
So there you have it. Good news over all and it is wonderful to know that they will be keeping a close eye on me.
I also want to say that everyone who works at the clinic are wonderful and very caring.
I will hopefully get to visit you all tonight, but forgive me if it takes a couple of days to get into the swing of things once again.
Everybody have a wonderful evening.