February 4, 2021 – Before I get started, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, support, and kind words. It means the world to me—and to my family.
Today’s message is The Beat Goes On, which, you might recall, is the title of a famous song (1967!) by Sonny & Cher. (You gotta love those haircuts and the furry vests in the song’s video.)
Waiting and Wondering
As I posted on Facebook, today’s scan results showed no changes—either positive or negative—and no new or questionable tumors. So, overall, it was a good day. I’ll certainly take “stable disease” over anything negative. Frankly, I was hoping to see some significant reduction in my right adrenal gland tumor, but immunotherapy treatments can be a long and exhausting fight.
So, the beat goes on.
Today’s visit to the West Cancer Center was long but seemed to go by quickly. A lot of waiting and wondering. It was an afternoon filled with lab work, IV insertion, contrast dye, CT scan, office consultation, and, of course, my seventh infusion of Keytruda.
According to the nurse practitioner, my lab results (blood work, etc.) looked great, so my body continues to tolerate the Keytruda. As I’ve written previously, how your body processes the medicine is almost as important as whether or not the medicine is working. And, yes, I suffer from side effects—a lot of them—but they could be worse, much worse.
So, the beat goes on.
And The Beat Goes On…
So, the beat goes on…in my melanoma journey and in the world. As our lives get back to normal—or, what passes for normal nowadays—I sincerely hope that everyone remains healthy, happy, and safe. We all need to take a deep breath, slowly let it out, and look forward to enjoying the things that really matter.
Anyway, thanks for listening, and in the immortal words of Sony Bono…La de da de de, la de da de da.
Hi Ken, I wanted to thank you for writing your blog. I've been following for a while – also a melanoma patient with a KIT mutation, and currently doing well on a drug similar to imatinib. Thank you so much for sharing your story. – Caroline
Hi Caroline–I'm so sorry that I'm just now responding. Google no longer sends email alerts. First, sorry you're having to go through a melanoma diagnosis, but I'm glad you're doing well. Second, thanks for your kind words. I truly appreciate it. If you ever want to chat or simply want to vent, don't hesitate to reach out. Finally, all the best. Ken