I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring since waking this morning. Shortly after noon, it went off and the display read QEII. This is the call.
“Hello, may I speak to Ward O’Hara?”
I say, “This is me. I’ve been waiting to hear from you.”
At the other end I hear, “This is Anna from Radiation and I have your first appointment.”
“Terrific I say, I’ve been anxiously waiting for this call.”
Anna said, “It is 8:00 AM on February 10th. Please arrive early to get changed. We’ll have all your appointments for the week including your chemotherapy.”
I say, “That’s great to hear. I’ll see you on the tenth. Thanks so much.”
So now it’s real. My treatment schedule is on the books.
What My Plan Will Look Like
- On treatment day 1 (February 10th), I will have my first radiation treatment. Odds are I will also have chemotherapy on the same day.
- On treatment days 2, 3, 4 and 5 I have radiation only. Should it turn out that my chemotherapy is on a different day, say day 2, it will be day 2 every week.
- On days 6 and 7, I rest and recover to prepare for a repeat in the upcoming week.
- My radiation/chemotherapy treatment spans 5 weeks. So there will be a total of 25 radiation treatments and 5 chemotherapy sessions.
- Should I be in good health in week 5, an additional round may be added.
- On completion of the radiation/chemotherapy treatments, I will rest and recover for 4 – 6 weeks. During this period, I’ll have a 2nd PET Scan to ensure my cancer is still localized to my esophagus.
- Provided, all is good, I’ll undergo an 8-hour surgery when almost all of my esophagus will be removed and my stomach will be stretched up through my chest and re-attached to what remains of my esophagus.
That is the plan as I understand it today. It is just a plan and subject to change throughout my treatment.
As always, thanks for being at my side through this challenge. It has gotten very real today.