The beginning of the end, a letter from Treliske, Wed 22-Nov-2017
I had to type this as asking Teresa to take dictation would have been cruel and got the keyboard wet with tears, so this will be brief as my typing time is severely limited.
We went to see the Renal Oncologist at Treliske this morning.
I have stage 4 Renal Cancer, too late for radical treatment, just drugs (Pazopanib) to slow it down/shrink the tumours. It’s too late for surgery and this sort of cancer doesn’t respond to Chemotherapy 🙁
The 5 year survival rate is less than 10% and the consultant said I would probably have 2-3 years if the reduction goes well, less if not. So, however you look at it, its not the worst it could be, I have a few years not days or months.
But it still stinks, however you look at it.
Time to asses what matters and what doesn’t and make sure life is sorted for Teresa once I’m gone.
All I can say is
I will continue the letters in proper sequence in a few days, but we need a few days to properly process this and work out our strategy moving forwards.
The Bean, Treliske, Wed 22-Nov-2017