A sign of how discombobulated I’ve been was that my oncology appointment was scheduled for Wednesday, not Thursday as I had convinced myself it was. Although an hour late, I was able to get to the office, have the scan, and see the doctor for the results. Whew. I also didn’t have an extra day and night to worry. Thankfully, Wednesday was not a day for unexpected news, which in itself was great news.
Here’s what I heard yesterday:
• Results of CT scan showed minimal reduction in size of cancers.
• There are two options: 1) continue hormone therapy; if cancer starts to grow, start chemo; 2) stop hormone therapy and begin chemotherapy
• Ideally, I’ll continue on hormone therapy as long as possible (2 yrs?) because cancer has positive estrogen receptor, which means there’s a strong chance for results with hormone therapy.
• I’ll continue 2-week visits for now to see how therapy is going and if cancer marker levels start decreasing.
• I’m to monitor symptoms closely (coughing and shortness of breath) and contact oncologist with any changes in symptoms.
Here’s how I feel since yesterday:
• I’m more at peace.
• I’m more knowledgeable about the overall plan for treatment.
• I’m confident that I am receiving the best care possible.
• I’m convinced that my doctor listens to me and wants to know how I feel.
• I’m very much loved by James and our girls, my family, and my friends.
You have no idea how much your prayers have meant to me and enabled me to take the next step each day. I am blessed beyond words and will be forever grateful for His mercy extended to me through you.
P.S. Just got a call from the oncologist. The C-125 cancer marker, which was 585 on March 2, was 299 on the blood drawn yesterday! The hormone therapy seems to be having a positive effect. I feel even better now!