Tuesday, 28 July 2015

We have a plan....sort of....

Following our recent meeting with Hannah, the Oxford meso nurse specialist, Steve contacted our friend and former neighbour who works as an oncologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, to talk about the pros and cons of treatment using a drug called vinorelbine.  

They had a long chat over the phone about the drug, which is apparently well tolerated by most people, with side effects being manageable.  Although the response rate is relatively low (10-15%) it's a chance worth taking, we think.  

The Reading oncologist who uses vinorelbine to treat mesothelioma is on a sabbatical at present, but will be back at work in a couple of months time. It looks likely that Steve will ask for a referral to discuss treatment with him in the autumn, assuming he still feels well enough to take more drugs at that time.

In the meantime we are going to make the most of summer, even if is unseasonably cold, wet and windy at the moment. To find out what we've been up to so far, please read my next post!

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