OASIS OF HOPE
I have been going to Oasis of Hope for more than a month now, however, during that month I have not felt real well so I have not been able to benefit from all of the treatments they offer. But, my typical week there consists of Vitamin C infusions, Foot Detox, Lymphaitc Massage, Hyperbaeric Oxygen Chamber, Accupuncture (if needed), and consultations with an Integrative Doctor who is very nice, attentive and knowledgable. I have also had to go for hydration infusions lately as I have been dehydrated.
I met with the Oncologist there, who is a well respected Oncologist with Hoag. He suggested that I look into focus beam radiation for the pelvis area and then either chemoembolization or radiofrequency ablation for the liver. My next step was to see my new Oncologist at Kaiser to see if any of these were possible. Up until now they have said, "No", so I was prepared for the fight.
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I now have a new Oncologist with Kaiser who was very empathetic and concerend about my overall well being and quality of life. He agreed that the tube in my kidney needed to come out as it has really affected my health and overall quality of life. He also agreed that focus beam radiation would be beneficial and scheduled me for a consultation with a Radiation Oncologist. I met with Radiation Oncologist and was hoping he would be open to doing a procedure called Cyberknife, which is very targeted to one tumor. He actually wanted to exend the radiation field to include the whole right side of my pelvis, not just the one tumor causing me most of my pain and discomfort. At first I was not sure I wanted to do it, but he spent a good 2 hours with me educating me on the use of radiation today versus the past. It would still be a focused beam to that one area of the body. I would go for ten treatments, 2 weeks, every day. The down side is that I have to travel to Ontario everyday as they do not do Radiation here in Orange County. I decided to go ahead with the Radiation treatment and I started yesterday.
Once the Radiation is done, it is hoped that the tube can come out, as the blockage should be removed. At that point, my regular Oncologist wants to look at doing some of the targted treatments to the liver.
This has been a long and hard journey and I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. God is good and has provided enough for me to stick with Oasis through Radiation and other treatments so they can help my body withstand what it is receiving. This is definately an answer to prayer.