I was given some interesting figures this week by my oncologist. They have been analysing data relating to mesothelioma patients diagnosed with the disease between 2010 and 2012 in my health authority.
In this time 170 new patients have been diagnosed with pleural meso ( a rare disease????)
Between 40%-60% received first line chemo and it only worked for approx 25% of these patients.
Of those getting through first line treatment only 17 patients went on to receive 2ndline chemo. They have no figures beyond this. Patients may not get to first line chemo because: they are diagnosed too late for treatment; are too unwell to receive treatment; choose not to have chemotherapy treatment; or sadly die before ever getting to the referral stage.
So I am one of those 17 who have experienced two chemo regimes – quite a sobering thought and something to ponder on. The total survival rate will be higher as these figures are only for those who received chemo. I am so lucky to still be here and if there were any lingering doubts about the power of positive thinking and the love and support of family and friends I doubt no more.
On a lighter note Alan has been doing very well with growing veggies this year. Yesterday he dug up another couple of potato plants and there were some beauties!
If you think the spuds are impressive you would be amazed at his carrots! The pear tree is collapsing under the weight of fruit - its been a very good year. We saw our first squirrel down here this week and it was looking for food to dig up. Alan's culinary offerings continue to help maintain my increase in weight - little by little.
I have been very creative this week – my crafting mojo that has been AWOL for some time has returned. I am making 2 Christmas stockings for the Grandies. Not just any old stockings but appliquéd with beads, sequins and embroidery and of course embellished with their names (thank goodness only 5 letters each). I will take photos when they are finished.
We had a good meal in the Crown Inn in Sarre. The only other pub in the village has closed and it was such a shame to see this pub so empty on a Thursday evening. A sign of the times I guess.
Just back from a brisk walk along the prom. We watched the beach huts being removed and taken into storage until next year – winter has officially arrived!