Hey everyone....Scott here. Just a couple quick updates. First, I took a little field trip back to the office yesterday and got to see all my Unilever buddies. It was wonderful to have the chance to thank everyone there for all their support and prayers. I even got to have lunch in the office cafeteria (hey, it isn't Le Cirque, but the lunch table is full of good friends). I spoke at length with everyone there and completely disrupted the work day. My surgeon told me that if I wanted to get my life back and get back to work he would fully approve me whenever I wanted. So I have been returning to work and catching up. It makes me feel good. Since I'm not allowed to drive, I'll be mostly working from home.
Today I had an appointment with the doctor (Schwartz) who can provide the radiation treatment in the hospital 5 minutes from my house. We haven't yet selected this option and are still waiting for second opinions on pathology and treatment from Sloan-K. Sloan is a pretty busy place and I have basically been ringing the phones off the hook over there. The head pathologist at Sloan is reviewing the pathology right now and should have his second opinion on pathology out early next week. The current problem is getting a Neuro oncology at Sloan to have time to review and meet with me.
However, the doctor I met with today was very qualified. He came out of Columbia-Presbyterian and has been doing this for 20 plus years. He and his team of physics folks over here are state of the art and have absolutely top equipment (both the computers that map your head and focus the radiation and the machine that delivers the radiation are basically brand new). The doctor maps your head and the area where the tumor was and then he and a group of physics nerds use the computers to focus the radiation exactly where they want it. They basically aim for the former location of the tumor and a fringe area around where the tumor was. The proposed treatment is 33 days (M-F). Each day is only about 10 minutes and you apparently don't even feel it. They do set you up in a custom made mask thing to hold your noggin in place to make sure they hit the spots they want. Probably looks a bit like Hannibal from Silence of the Lambs....nice. Don't worry, it isn't like I have to wear it around outside the doctor's office.
Thanks to all for all the positive energy and prayers...they are fueling me....