I saw a different doctor who was very forthcoming and explained a lot of things about the chemo and the life expectancy - basically - for patients with non-small cell lung cancers who respond to the chemo, life expectancy increases to 2 years (or more with further treatment) so they do recommend continuing. The X-Ray and blood tests showed no fluid on the lung or infection (possible causes of the breathlessness) and no progression of the cancer. He thought that I would feel much better by next week (23rd) and so shouldn’t yet cancel the appointment. However, if I continue to feel bad by Tuesday, I've to phone the specialist nurse and they will defer the treatment for a week and arrange a CT scan so they can really check the impact of the chemo so far. I’m happy with that arrangement and in fact do feel a lot better, and a lot less breathless, today.
Linda was brilliant at the Christie and pushed me in a wheelchair from the treatment centre to the x-ray, then to the cafe to get lunch and then to the afternoon clinic (after the doctor had chance to examine the x-rays and the blood samples (I think she was knackered though). I got a taxi home and slept for an hour and felt a lot better afterwards.
To all those who have sent me e-mails, cards and letters, please accept my apologies for not replying. Now that I’m feeling so much better, I will get round to it in the next few days, and I will post a blog update next Thursday.