Last week, I had my routine check-up with my oncologist that produce a minor scare but with a positive outcome. She thought that might be some inflammation of my under-arm lymph nodes so off I went to Austin Radiological for an ultrasound with a prescription for a contingent biopsy. Anyway, the ultrasound results were normal. Scare over. I appreciated Dr. Hudson being ultra-cautious.
My blood work was good. The anticipated (post-surgical/chemo) anemia now appears to be under control. My red cell count and hematocrit numbers are now normal tho’ the hemoglobin value is still a tad low. Non-fasting blood sugar was good. I did ask both the nurse and the doctor why no fasting was required for the blood work but they reiterated that fasting is only requested for potentially diabetic patients. All other blood values within range.
Tumor markers were normal (although they never showed up in the initial diagnosis last year) and my PSA (somewhat controversial prostrate test) was good. She recommended a routine colonoscopy which I shall take care of when we return from Europe. She also suggested probiotics, a psyllium fiber supplement and Lomotil (diphenoxylate and atropine) for ongoing diarrhea. The latter is a controlled narcotic and so I shall only use sparingly.