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Welcome to our personal photos page. Jay's treatment over the years.
April 2011: Chemotherapy treatment in progress. 1st line treatment. Carboplatin and Alimta (pemetrexed).
Many many hospital admissions from diagnosis March 2011 until November 2013 due to progressing through 4 lines of treatment.
The CT machine! Has been a regular here since March 2011
January 2013: GammaKnife Radio Surgery - Stereotactic radiation to treat 7 brain mets. Sydney NSW.
About to enter the GammaKnife Machine at Macquarie University Hospital NSW January 2013.
GammaKinfie just finished and "halo" removed from scalp.
GammaKnife all complete in one day. And able to fly/train home the next day!
March 2013. CT of lungs at commencement of target therapy oral medication Xalkori for newly identified ALK mutation.
March 2013: In CCU for Cardiac tamponade and chest infections.
Recovering from chest infections, cardiac tamponade (fluid trapped around the heart) and disease progression.
April 2013: Xalkori treatment starts to work. Heart fluid settles and breathing gets better. Moves out of CCU.
April 2013: Recovering with a slow exercise rehabilitations program. Jay was bearly able to stand and unable to walk 1-2 steps initially. His program started with bed bound exercises.
Jay had significant muscle wasting and severe weight loss from his time in CCU. He needed to build his strength again.
His first day at the gym lasted just 4 minutes!
Jay was on oxygen during the first few gym sessions.
Gradually, Jay built up to full 1/2 hour sessions 4 days a week. Jay was able to introduce some cardio work.
Many thanks to his exercise physiologist at Advantage Rehabilitation.
Sept/Oct 2013: Disease progression. Removing fluid from the lungs - pleural effusion and nodal disease worsens. Moved onto a target therapy clinical trial.
Kids checking out Jay's chest drain! In Oct 2013 - Jay started on a clinical trial drug. Jay's chest drain was removed, and his cancer shrunk for a few months. He remains on clinical trial with stable disease.
Until late 2014 Jay continued to work throughout his treatment and between hospital admissions.
February 2017. GammaKnife Radio Surgery. GammaKnife Centre of Queensland. Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane.
Halo's has just been fitted ready for the GammaKnife! "Thumbs Up" from me. Having it fitted doesn't really bother me.
GammaKnife Feb 2017. After the "halo" came off, just a little bandaid!
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