In the last post, "The Big Picture is the One that Matters," I described the very positive second opinion that we received from the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. The opinion was that the "new cancer" in my left hip was progressing slowly, and having a low impact on my overall condition. Therefore, stay the course; continue with the current treatment, and keep an eye on the cancer's progress through P.E.T. scans every two to three months.
Well, it's been barely over one month since that second opinion was rendered. Our primary oncologist doesn't fully agree with that opinion. He wants to move forward with the scans sooner, rather than the recommended later. And we're OK with that. More data can only help.
So, we're having a P.E.T. scan Monday morning. It will give us a fresh look at the activity of the cancer cells in my hip, and give us an opportunity to make a more timely adjustment of the treatment.
While The Big Picture is still the one that matters, Big Pictures are comprised of Little Pictures. And today's Little Pictures can become tomorrow's Big Picture. So taking a closer look at today's Little Pictures can help us better manage tomorrow's Big Picture.
It's much like taking closer looks at the Trees, in order to better manage the Forest.