Having completed the first phase of interferon treatment, I was hoping the injections that I started yesterday would be easier to tolerate. If last night was any indication, they won’t be. I had chills and then a fever that lingered through the night, and I still feel pretty dazed this morning. These injections are supposed to continue for 48 weeks (!), but I won’t be doing them at the current dose if the serious side-effects continue. My next injection is Thursday.
I also started radiation yesterday (for five weeks). That’s certainly adding to the toll taken on my mental well-being. Fortunately, the process is pretty fast and simple; I was only on the table for about 10 minutes. The linear accelerator zaps me from three angles and I'm done. I won’t experience side-effects from this treatment for days or weeks, although the radiation load does add cumulatively to my fatigue .
I won’t be blogging daily about my treatments through this next phase. I’ll try to limit my posts to more interesting developments, or stories that might amuse you. Cancer therapy is mostly incredibly boring, and so are its physical effects. I want to focus on those things that have particular meaning in my life, as few and far between as they may be right now.