I visited the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health last week (Dec. 18-19) for my bi-monthly MRI and visit with Dr. Howard Fine, the neuro-oncology branch chief. For the first time since all this nonsense started back in June, I got to see my brain up close and personal. I was shown the MRI from October, as well as the most recent images, for purposes of comparison. They both looked pretty much the same to me.
To the trained eyes of Dr. Teri Kreisl, the staff clinician I met with on this trip, they looked the same to her, too. So that's good. No "disease progression", as they like to call it. I guess that sounds more high falutin than a simple "all clear for now."
When I asked if I would be seeing Dr. Fine on this trip, I was told that I certainly could if I wanted to wait a couple more hours (he's a popular dude). I opted to grab the shuttle to the airport and an earlier flight home. I'll be back in February so maybe I'll see Dr. Fine then. Either way, they all seem like pretty smart people there so it's not that big a deal to me.
I visited my local neuro-oncologist on Friday and his interpretation of the MRIs was pretty much the same as the good folks at the NIH. All good, continue on the present course of treatment, see you in two months unless something bad happens between now and then.
And now I am caught up on my blogging. We'll see how long that lasts...
Happy holidays to all!