Dad arrived a week ago today, and it’s been a busy seven days. He had one day to rest from his all-day-trip from Oklahoma before we headed to MD Anderson for his initial appointment last Friday. It was a long day of consultations, interviews, lab work, and scans.
Today Dad met with his M. D. Anderson oncologist to learn the results of the tests and scans. It was satisfying to hear that the brain scan revealed not one bit of cancer, and that his leg ultrasound showed no clots. Chemotherapy was deemed “too toxic” for Dad at this time. Therefore, the next best plan is to proceed with a course of radiation therapy to shrink the tumor in his left lung.
The good news is that the radiation can be administered at the MD Anderson branch in Katy, a mere five minutes from my house. Radiation treatment plus travel time will only be about 45 minutes per session. Dad and I are both feeling blessed with this arrangement. The I-10 traffic can keep moving right along without us, thank you.
Upon completing three weeks of radiation therapy, Dad will be evaluated again to determine how the tumor responded to the radiation. He will then meet with an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor to determine if additional intervention will restore some of his voice.
Dad has a great medical team of committed caretakers: Dr. Ignacio G., Linda, Dr. Frank F., Gayle, Lisa Ann, Edna, Jeffery, Dr.Michael O., Melanie, Susan, Rick, Alfreda, and Dr. Gregory C., and many more that we don’t know about. Each one plays an important part in administering the plan for Dad, and he’s grateful for every one of them.