When last we checked in with Don’s Cancer, Don went in for surgery number six to repair an unhealed open wound in his neck left over from surgery number five. Now, a couple weeks after surgery number six Don has TWO open wounds in his neck.
Not the result he was looking for. To add insult to injury a new lump behind the ear turned out to be cancerous and a spot on the neck as well. So, this particular surgery was totally a bummer… as opposed to all the other surgeries that were a stone gas.
Doctors are now debating a possible surgery number seven and talking clinical trials for experimental drugs. All in all, not a great couple of weeks for Don. But if I may mix western slang and military euphemisms…. we continue to cowboy up and soldier on.
There is one school of thought to hold off on additional surgery so that we can move forward right away with a clinical trial.
Right now, there are two clinical trials being discussed, both in phase one. One has had about 34 participants; the other as of now, I would be patient number one. That’s right I would be the first. Apparently, they have exhausted their testing on rats and monkeys and have decided that the next best control group is aging comedy writers. A little scary to be sure, but they have assured me that while yes, some of the rats given the drug did explode on contact, that almost never happened with the monkeys.
More calls and appointments with Doctors and physical therapists and “wound” specialists and we’ll figure it out.
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