Category Archive: Doctor Visits

Aug 20

One Month With Clinical Trials


8-20-2013 – It’s now been one month since I got into the clinical trials for Ibrutinib, and that meant going down to Detroit to visit my doctor at Karmanos Cancer Center.  Last time, that visit took nearly a week from start to finish, but this time we were in and out in a single day. …

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Jul 23

A New Drug

Photo of Ibrutinib drug

7-23-2013 Quite a lot’s happened since my last update which, in a way, is why I haven’t had an update recently. First of all, I learned WordPress at, where I do most of my online learning these days (actually, for the past several years), and decided to move all my old journal entries and …

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Jun 06

6 Month Stem Cell Transplant Checkup

Photo of Big Boy Restaurant by Buck Cash

6-6-2013 – It’s now been 6 months since my stem cell transplant, so it was time to visit Karmanos in Detroit again for a checkup. Mom and I took a ride down on Tuesday morning and got to the Detroit area about noonish. We picked up my sister Trudy and went to lunch at Checkers …

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Mar 22


Image of scanner

March 22nd, 2004. Today was biopsy day for me at Washington Memorial Hospital, where a doctor, some nurses and a few technicians worked together to pull some pieces off Marvin to have a look at the little bugger. It had it’s ups and downs, but overall, I’d prefer not to have to do this very …

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Mar 21

Rituxi-CHOP 4

Cancer Cartoon by Buck Cash

March 21st, 2004. Sorry for the late update, but I’ve been a bit out of it the last few days from the treatments, I guess. Especially the Prednisone. That stuff is just plain no fun at all for me. It doesn’t let me sleep more than a few hours at a time usually, and it …

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Mar 13

PET Detective

Radiation Warning Label Image

March 13th, 2004. Getting a PET Scan was a very interesting experience! By the way, PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography, which I thought was interesting in itself. Delia scheduled my PET Scan for Saturday, March 13th, at noon. The next day, the hospital staff where it was to be done called and asked if …

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Mar 11

The CAT Says…

Image of CAT Scan Detail

March 11th, 2004. Off we go to the doc’s office to find out what the CAT says! Well, that’s what we did yesterday. Now, this is the kind of thing that really tests whether your glass is half full or half empty, as I’ll demonstrate. I had another CAT scan last Friday, March 5th. I’ve …

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Mar 03


March 3rd, 2004. Went to see the doc today for his assessment midway through this chemo regimen (3 down & 3 to go!), and he says it looks like I’m doing pretty good. Blood counts look good, lymph nodes don’t seem to be enlarging, and so on, so we’re feeling pretty confident.

Feb 27

Round 3

February 27th, 2004. Well, it’s been almost a month since my last update. Sorry about that, but all’s well here, and I’ll tell you all about it. I went to see the doc on February 11th for a regular checkup between chemo rounds #2 and #3. I got my blood drawn and checked, which looked …

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Jan 29


Interesting apparatus, eh?

January 29th, 2004. Here we go with Chemo treatment CHOP #2, so take one of the cushy chairs, sit back and see what happens! I’ve got some pics this time so you can see me getting it, and in particular, so you can see the bright red chemical I described in my earlier update.

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