Today I had my monthly Oncology Outpatients Appointment which thankfully was done by phone call and saved me travelling to UCLH in London.
I had had my blood test done on the 29th of April and already new that my PSA had come down to 144 from the previous level of 169 and the high of 1,585. And so I was happy that everything was moving in the right direction although it had slowed down.
The call was with a doctor I hadn’t previously seen or spoken to but he had been through my records and I had been discussed at the MDT (Multi Discipline Team) meeting on Monday.
We went through my PSA result and how I was feeling.
I was actually feeling pretty good, no side effects from the Lutetium that I was aware of, no cancer related problems that I was aware of and just back pain from my fracture last year. I relayed all of this to him.
We then discussed treatment and agreed that my next Lutetium treatment should take place on or around the 5th of June but ultimately it would come down to the Radiation Oncologist to decide.
We agreed that my next outpatients appointment would be on the 3rd June just before the treatment and I am also due to have my 3 monthly hormone injection on the 1st of June and I needed to get that booked in, and if I can I should get a blood test the same time ready for the outpatients appointment.
So a few things to get organised!
Overall I feel that doing the outpatients appointments by phone call works well and something I would like to see continue once the Corona Virus restrictions are lifted. It is nice to see the doctor and build a rapport with them and you can discuss more with them and so it would be good to see them at least every three months. Of course if my health were to change I would want to be going to see them so they can better see and examine me.
Video calls would be better as well so we can see who we are talking to, the call Barbara had with her oncologist was a video call and worked well. But it would seem that UCLH prefer phone calls.
What next? I need to get my 3 monthly injection organised and the treatment on the 5th of June confirmed.