Good news from the oncologist: the chemo is working. It has yet to be confirmed by a second scan, but a marker for the cancer activity level has reduced from 200 to 26, and the oncologist says it is a reliable indicator.
When I first got the prognosis it was “50% chance of chemo working; if it works you have 1 to 2 years; if not, not long.” I didn’t quite say that in the blog, it was too brutal. In fact we decided it was best to ignore the ‘if the chemo doesn’t work’ possibility, so the good news was as we were expecting, specially as it fitted the fact that I was feeling better.
I asked more about the 1-to-2 years: in cases like mine, 10% of people are still alive in five years. I must expect a new bout of the cancer, sooner or later.
In the meantime, I carry on with daily morphine, which is keeping me pain-free, and carry on enjoying my semi-retired life: yesterday I pruned the apple tree :)