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Infusion Postponed

The CT scan showed about the same amount of growth as usual. Same old stuff thing as over the past 4 years. And that was growth over a period of weeks with no treatment at all. So it seems to waffle back and forth and grow slowly at about the same rate no matter what.

Today's infusion was postponed for a week because of the rash. The doctor wants to get the rash under control before continuing with treatment. So I'll be doing a steroid pack and changing to a stronger hydrocortisone cream.

This is how I look for the past 4 or 5 days. It's miserable. Itches all over.

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