Update 6-24-2014

Got my latest CT scan results yesterday. The growth of the tumor has stopped but there is little sign of shrinkage. One doctor thinks this is the best we can hope for, the head guy a bit more positive that we should go another three rounds of chemo and reassess. Problem is, the only other chemo treatment for this cancer now believed to be pancreatic) has less of a success rate. Besides the growth stopping, there are a few other details that tip me toward the positive. One, the delay in my chemo means that the CT doesn’t register at least one full week of additional work by the drugs. Two, my ability to eat greater amounts and to be able to digest more fibrous foods indicates the stricture in my stomach is enlarging, which points to shrinkage in the tumor. This area is not able to be seen clearly on a CT scan, so no one can say for sure, but the change is so dramatic that I don’t see how it can be otherwise. Biggest day to day issue is fatigue, but I’m doing what I can. I need a t-shirt that says “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

But still pushing ahead on all fronts on LIM. I now have 12 pages finished except for color, still looking for penciller, and moving ahead on Book six synopsis (well, actually, I’ve finished three additional pages of that except for coloring as well, but decided I needed to focus more on getting Book 5 wrapped up.)

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  1. njcommuter

    Larry,

    Please know that we all support you. If we had to choose between you and LIM we’d choose you–but we’d REALLY rather keep you both!

    I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I’m glad you see good signs.

  2. Brian

    I am glad to hear (read) that the tumor appears to have stopped growing (and that you have indications that it is shrinking). I have, and will continue, to pray for you. Thank you so much for the update.

  3. Stephan

    I may only be a veterinary radiologist, but one of the most important things I have learned over my career is that we are not treating XRays but patients. What the XRay says is just one part of the truth. What your body is telling you is another (much more important) part of the whole.
    So cheers that you ar doing so well :)
    /me keeps both thumbs pressed

  4. JennyB

    In the words of James Thurber: “Seeing is deceiving. It’s eating that’s believing.”

    I’m crossing my fingers that your unwelcome stowaway will have shrunk a good deal more on the next CT. And good luck with the hunt for a penciller!

  5. Jens Falkesgaard

    I’m happy to hear positive news from you!

    Keep up the good fight.

  6. lukasbrunner

    I *so* hope you are right on the shrinkage! Best wishes!

  7. Freddie Freelance

    That’s actually good news! I think I may need a “It ain’t over till it’s over” shirt to remind me that like the ’73 Mets if we don’t lose long enough we might win. Maybe you need a “Ya Gotta Believe!” shirt, too?

  8. Shoggoth Lord

    Hang in there, Larry.

  9. A Fan

    I’m glad to hear you at least feel better, and I’m still hoping the regular trials of medicine work out for you. It might be worth looking into what’s going on with experiments using the acid dichloroacetate (DCA). I would have liked to have been able to tell you what the current status on human testing is but it seems to be buried under metric $@#%tons of opinion pieces.

    That said, it might make for an interesting addition to the comic even if it’s not a plausible rout of treatment for you, given Lovecraft’s symbolism of corruption being a physical disease…

    The way dichloroacetate works on cancer in rodents is, rather than killing the cancer cell directly, it reactivates the mitochondria. Upon seeing the state of the cell, the mitochondria executes it. Basically the cancer cells begin committing suicide. DCA didn’t harm normal cells at the levels they used, but it is an acid and it is known to cause liver damage at certain dosages.

    I originally read about it years ago in this rather optimistically-titled article:
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10971-cheap-safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html

  10. adamrocketblack

    B_12 shots help a little with fatigue

  11. Minky

    Just had a quikc look and there is such a t-shirt: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medium-Rocky-Balboa-Cotton-T-Shirt/dp/B007TK6NGE Though it’s shared with Rocky Balboa. :) Glad to hear the growth stopped and you feel positive about it.

  12. Terran Sin

    In the spirit of remaining positive (and appropriately humorous), I’m projecting the image to you of one those “Hang in there” posters with the kitten replaced by a cute Cthulhu figure. We appreciate your updates for the communication letting us know your frame of mind as well as the process you’re going thru.

  13. Mgnostic

    The thing about Okies is that they don’t give up until there is nothing left to give up. Hang in there.

  14. TheWickerMan

    If you are looking for a penciller, feel free to send me a short script to try out for you. Email if you can and I hope you feel better. I love this strip and Lovecraft.

  15. missallen

    EXCELLENT news! And so glad your appetite is improving!
    Ice cream is known to be an excellent deterrent to weight loss! So ALL THE ICE CREAM FOR YOU!
    Hang in there, mister!

  16. Marten

    Hey Larry,

    Get well soon! I hope you can enjoy some nice meals.

    I wish you All the Best!