Archive for July, 2008

waiting for phone calls…

Posted in Cancer Life on July 28, 2008 by lawler

I just (and I mean minutes ago) got off the phone with my oncologist, Dr. Arbaje. After brief hellos, he got to the point: “everything looks good,” he said.

Aside from a few small spots where the tumors in my lungs “were,” everything is clear. No new growths. The spots at the site of my former tumors are normal, he said, probably nothing more than scar tissue.

So, life goes on (and on and on and on…), and we will stick to the already established routine of check-ups every couple of months, and continue monitoring my blasted tumor markers.

Thank you all for your notes and phone calls. I will call you back as soon as I get a chance (working on a show today and then off to the new house to continue dismantling the bathroom).


I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Kellie Gutman over at The Ashden Directory for mentioning my battle with cancer in a write up that was about my theater life. It helped me realize how my own struggles with disease have made me ever more passionate about the work I do — especially where the greening of theater production is concerned.


This thing

Posted in Cancer Life on July 23, 2008 by lawler

Today I underwent my fourth (or is it fifth?) CT scan. It was the third time I had “drink the barium.” The test was ordered by my oncologist last week when he pointed out a spike in my now infamous tumor markers.

He said that the spike was not following the gradual trend he had been observing for months, and it concerned him enough that he felt he must order yet another CT scan to be sure that the cancer had not returned in some form.

As a side note, I have to complain a bit about my nurse/CT tech: as we ambled down the hallway to the scan room she asked if I’d ever had a CT before — when I replied that I had she actually said, “Well, that can’t be a good thing.” It was only moments later that it occurred to me how terribly insensitive this was. And to think I’d just swallowed a couple of jugs of liquid barium.

As a not-so-side-note, my 20 year-old nephew Trevor was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins. He began chemotherapy treatments yesterday and has already begun to feel the negative side effects. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.