The beginning of the journey...
And so the journey started. I was put on hormone therapy treatment almost immediately.
Waiting for the result of a bone scan was particularly difficult. It was all clear, with no spread – an enormous relief! The family, including our son who lives in Canada, were over the moon…Wow, the emotion of it all. Already, the highs and lows that can and will arise were there. More to come undoubtedly!
The early proposals for treatment from our oncology consultant were, following the hormone therapy, two forms of radiotherapy- brachytherapy and external beam. That doesn’t sound so bad was my initial reaction, despite having little real understanding of the implications! However, before that even started, our consultant proposed the addition of chemotherapy, to which I thought ‘oh no I don’t like the sound of that…’ The proposal was based on experiences from the STAMPEDE trial, and statistics indicated an improvement in outcome. My daughter, a doctor, said firmly ‘Dad you’ve got to do it!’ In a slightly bizarre way I felt encouraged that I was deemed to be fit enough, even at age 71, to be able to cope with all that was being proposed.