Radio frequency ablation. RFA.
RFA is performed to treat tumors in lung, liver, kidney, bone and (rarely) in other body organs. Once the diagnosis of tumor is confirmed, a needle-like RFA probe is placed inside the tumor. The radiofrequency waves passing through the probe increase the temperature within tumor tissue that results in destruction of the tumor. Generally RFA is used to treat patients with small tumors that started within the organ (primary tumors) or that spread to the organ . The suitability of a patient to receive RFA is decided by doctors based on multiple factors.
The day had arrived the 22nd of October, the day of my appointment with my consultant.
Now I don't normally metamorphose into a quivering mollusk.
But I certainly was somewhat anxious as to what she would say.
I had imagined all possibilities, some of which were so dark I shall spare the reader the details.
I sat in the hospital and soon my name was called and was taken to a small room where I was weighed.
83 K about 13 stone. "Gulp"... I have lost a stone in 3 month. I put that down to abstaining from drinking alcohol since the 14th of May, and the working out I have been doing.
I now go swimming every weekday morning for an hour or so. I walk a fair distance around the park everyday and trot up and down the stairs countless times a day. "puff puff" "pant pant" But swimming is my preferred way of becoming fit'ish. there are other people in the pool and my face is now known and people are now bidding me good morning which is nice. I have also noticed a lady in a pretty pink swimsuit that smiles a great deal as we swim passed each other. say no more !!!
If this is to be a fight to the death, then I think it only sensible to give my body at least a fighting chance. By increasing my fitness level.
My appetite is ravenous and all else seems to be functioning normally. My consultant was most pleased that I had decided to take the road back to fitness, well at least something resembling fitness.
She also mentioned that it was good that they had discovered the tumors early. Little did she know just "how" pleased I was they found them early.
Then she showed me the 3d image of my liver.
The first thing that stuck me was just how small they seemed to be compared with when I first saw them in my local hospital some months earlier.
Then, they appeared to me to be about the same size as pigeon's eggs. But now, they seemed half that size. How could this be i thought ?
One of the tumors was half black, the result of the embolization. My consultant also pointed out the gall bladder that was nestled so close to the now half cooked tumor.
The doctors had decided that the gallbladder should be removed and the two tumors to be be
microwaved using RFA. This is a different techniques from embolization, I guess the doctors did not like the way i responded to the chemo and so have decided to use RFA. I just wonder how my body is going to react this time.
So at least I know now what the doctors intend to do to me and just how they are going to do it.
The doctors do halcyon work at the Freemans hospital and I can imagine there must times when they look
into the eyes of someone who's life they have just saved and experience a wonderful feeling of achievement and satisfaction.
I just hope I can provide one of those moments for them in the future.
Before this procedure is to be carried out, I must first take the assessment , so I am now waiting for the date for the RFA. could be before or even after x/mas.
The reason why the tumors looked smaller, is that when I first saw them I was looking at an enlarged image. I had mistaken the the image for the original. Simples !!!
So I think it safe to say that all looks positive, Ok I could have done without all this bother. But that's life I guess. The only negativity to arise out of this is.
I shall be a lucky man to make my 2 score years and 10.
Who wants to live forever anyway. !!!!!!!!!!
This shall be my last update on my condition for a month or so.
Hopefully I shall be publishing one or two blogs regarding other things.
There are a lot more things happening in the world than just my pigeon eggs.
Perhaps I should now call them Thrush eggs.
Hopefully one day the nest shall be empty.
Have a safe and pleasent week and remember:
You can lead a horse to water but you have to force rhubarb.
" big groan"
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our friendship and love can we create
the illusion for the moment, that we're not alone.