Inside The Oncology World
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Inside the oncology world.
The day Brad came home from his endoscopy, he was defeated. His endo Dr. was sure it was cancer. The picture was damning. He just laid down. They set him up with Rush Hospital, Chicago for a CT scan which showed spots on his lungs. Because of this, they did a biopsy on his lung. They should not have done this procedure being that Brad was in stage 4. There is no need to cut into a terminal person. "Terminal" means no cure. I am appalled by what I have learned . . completely jaded by what I have seen in the oncology world.
Brad stayed overnight, I was with him. He was in a lot of pain when he woke. Next, he was suggested a trial at The University of Chicago for esophageal cancer. His Dr's name was Daniel Catenacci. He is/was the associate professor. Brad's appointment was for six weeks later because he needed to heal before starting chemotherapy.
On the first day, we met with a dietician. What a joke. She told Brad to eat sticky buns . . fatten him up any way you can like with a baked potato and all of the fixings. We just looked at each other and said "I guess we are on our own." After that, we met with his oncology Dr. He started by smiling at Brad while he told him "You are going to die. Even with chemo, you will never be able to eat again." Brad said "What are you talking about? I had chicken Caesar salad yesterday and I am gonna have steak tonight." Brad had done 8 days of cannabis oil and his blocked esophagus has shriveled up and he was eating again. It's a miracle, I tell ya ! ! In my humble opinion, this is when his doctor should have told him to keep doing whatever he was doing and run from chemo. But, he didn't. He acted like it was nothing special and proceeded to set out a 1.5 year plan, if Brad was in the lucky half of the 5% that the chemo even did anything for. Yep, 2.5% chance of living a year and a half. The doctor said that if the cancer didn't kill him, the chemo would.