2013 and here I am
Hullo to everyone and best wishes for the year ahead . My apologies for being late in posting news on this site but the truth is I am feeling a little jaded and have been, since the beginning of January.
I have included a terrible photo of my head and nose that should explain why news of my treatments, ( Yes it is now treatments plural) have been slow in being published. To put it simply “I am feeling pretty lousy lately” and I do not expect it to become any better for a few more weeks.I completed the radiation therapy for the prostate cancer on the 20th December and was due to report back with news and advice to this site as soon as I was able. However while I was being treated I was also referred to a dermatologist here at the Sunshine Coast in regard to my many unresolved skin cancers. The dermatologist removed almost twenty of them but my nose was a problem. I have had several previous surgery procedures over many years on my nose, the most recent surgery and skin graft in June 2011. This surgery has been unsuccessful and my nose it seems is one huge BCC. My options had been narrowed to complete amputation followed by a prosthetic nose or radiation therapy. Guess what I chose?????
I begun radiation treatment on my nose at the beginning of January just two weeks after completing radiation treatment on my prostate cancer. At this time of writing I am half way through the 30 sessions needed and I am feeling pretty ordinary. I will finish treatment on the 19th February which means I have spent almost 4 months away from home receiving radiation treatment at the Sunshine Coast Queensland. My time here has been great, the area is a sub tropical paradise with much to see and do. The accommodation has been first class with a two bedroom two bathroom apartment overlooking the Maroochydore River and Beach. However I have had enough and want to go home.
I had a PSA blood test done today, which is the first since July last year and should be a marker for me on how the IMRT stuff has gone as it is over a month since I completed the prostate treatment. I will be publishing the second part of radiation treatment for anyone interested in due time as soon as I have the PSA results and when I am feeling OK.
For those that may be interested, the treatment for the BCC on the nose has caused the following effects.
The whole nose, cheek and eye areas are inflamed and swollen.
The cancerous areas have been revealed and are clearly visible as crater like sores with scabs that keep lifting.
The nose is bleeding from time to time, both on the outside and inside.
The eyes are swollen, painful and itchy. I am trying to treat them with special drops. Keeping them open in any sort of glare is nigh impossible. They cement shut each night and need to be sliced open each morning.
I have special bedding sheets and pillow slips that need to be serviced daily.
Otherwise everything else is just fine and dandy, If anyone would like specific information on the radiation treatment for faces and noses let me know and I will be happy to pass on my experiences to them.
The radiation people here in Nambour have assured me that my nose will turn out OK and I will be suprised at how well it should look. I can only look forward to that.
Lee aka Popeye