Many of you who have read some of my posts know that I am dealing with advanced prostate cancer. Recently I detected some blood in my urine and went to a urologist who performed a cystoscopy, a procedure where they put a camera up through the urethra to look at the bladder. Well it was bad news!
My grandson – Kishan’s – sense of humor after my cystoscopy procedure. (I do like Tofurky! Also love the detail on the guitars!)
There was a large tumor in the bladder which he attempted to scrape out but could not get it all. It appeared to have gone through the bladder wall. I had a PET scan to see if it migrated to other parts of the body. Thankfully that appeared to be clear except for the cancer in the bladder, however there could be microscopic bladder cancer too small to detect elsewhere. This bladder cancer is a separate cancer, not prostate cancer that has gone to the bladder.
After much consultation with my oncologist and urologist I decided to do systemic
chemotherapy followed by immunotherapy. Taking the bladder out was another option but because I have had a lot of radiation in that area in the past for prostate cancer, that may not have gone well. So here I am having chemotherapy once again. I am just about to have my 3rd of 12 sessions – if my body can handle that many.
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Prognosis is about 50% as to whether I get a meaningful extension of life from this procedure.
It’s not much fun, however this is life! I do not want or expect sympathy. The Bhagavad-gita explains that birth, old age, disease and eventually death come with this material body. We should not be surprised when this happens. I am very fortunate that I can access good medical care, when so many people in the world cannot. Plus, I have a very supportive family. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Meanwhile, I have some more posts about guitars I want to put up shortly.
Namaste. Chaitanya das aka Charlie