First Week of Optune
Matt started his next phase of treatment last week, which is a fairly new device for glioblastomas called Optune.
Optune works by creating low-intensity electric fields, called Tumor Treating Fields, or TTFields, which help slow or stop glioblastoma cancer cells from dividing and may also cause some of them to die.
He has to wear these transducer arrays on his head, which are connected to a battery pack. It has to be worn at least 18 hours a day. It was a bit of a hassle at first having to carry the pack around constantly and all the cords and everything, but now that it's been over a week he's getting used to it. The arrays have to be changed out every 2-3 days, and his head has to be shaved bald so that the arrays will stay on.
Even though it took a few days to get used to, he's still able to go about his daily activities and live life without it being too much of a hassle. So far in this first week we went cruising in the Jeep...
Out to dinner at Qdoba (for a keto approved meal)...
His keto diet is still going well. He actually says he really enjoys it...as long as I keep making him yummy treats on the weekend! :) He's been doing well on the chemo as well. He sometimes has to take a nap during the day and gets tired if he does too much in a day, but overall he's doing really good.
We're still looking into some alternative treatments, such as supplements and essential oils, which we hope to get him started on soon. We just wanna try to hit this thing from all angles, and if it doesn't hurt, we'll try anything. The next MRI is in October, so until then we just keep living in the moment and taking it day by day.