In the last few months, I have made many many visits to my local hospital to consult my consultant (sorry), regarding my Completely Ludicrous Leukaemia.
The pattern of these visits is normally the same, and involves leaving home half an hour earlier than should be necessary, in order to find a parking space. The area surrounding the hospital has tight parking restrictions, and you are obliged to use the hospital car parking facilities, which are always full. And expensive – very expensive, and the fee rises on a sliding scale depending on your length of stay.
EDIT – November 2007 – I have discovered a factual mistake in this entry. Instead of “twelve months” later in this piece, please read “for the rest of my life.” – Thank you.
Oral FC (Fludarabine and Cyclophosphamide) was my treatment of choice, having done a little research into the options available, and those unavailable. In the UK, Chlorambucil remains the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) treatment of choice, and the most common firstline treatment in the NHS. The recent UK CLL4 clinical trial indicates that FC shows great promise, and the possibility of good “remissions.” I was offered Chlorambucil. The firstline drug that most of the world uses nowadays is single Fludarabine, which NICE turned down as a firstline treatment earlier this year.