Monday's visit to Cleveland Clinic involved meeting a new specialist intern who's spending time with the kidney cancer team. He went to great pains to reassure me that Dr. G is still my principal caregiver, and that he hoped I would trust him to treat me as well as any other Clinic staff member. I congratulated him on being chosen to work with the best available (in my no doubt biased opinion) and assured him that I would hold him equal to my expectations of care from Cleveland Clinic.
When Dr. G popped in a few minutes later, I asked him specifically how much growth we measured in last week's scan. Two of the liver tumors shrank slightly; the lung tumor expanded from 3.9 cm to 5.4 cm, and the total represented a 9% growth overall. So, I don't know if I'll be able to stay on the trial beyond this cycle (once I go beyond 20% they'd have to remove me). We can but wait to see. In the meantime, my vacation from side effects continues!
We've been enjoying a surprising month - no expectation of reaching a 90-degree day at all for the month, so very unusual in Ohio. This is shaping up to be perhaps the coolest July on record - right now we're about 4.5 degrees below the normal average high. We may be getting more rain (2" since Wednesday) through the end of the month; good and bad, since we'll soon have to cut hay again. Let's hope that we get a little slot of dry weather in the next couple of weeks.