Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last update. Lots of tests were taken and I passed them all (mostly) with flying colors.
The results of my pulmonary function test are in and so far so good. My lungs are pretty much the same as they were before treatment so the chemo is not having a negative affect on them as of yet. YAY! Not sure what the echocardiogram showed, but I’m confident they are fine as well since that is usually a long-term side effect anyway.
My PET scan came back VERY encouraging with one “bugaboo”, as my doctor put it (Boy, they like fun little expressions don’t they?). All the nodes have shrunk significantly or are gone, which means the chemo is working. The only one giving us any issues is the bulky one in my sternum. It was originally measured at 9 cm and has only shrunk down to 8 cm. However, it is not as “hot” anymore. This means that when the PET scan lights up the cancer cells, it’s not as bright as it was initially. Basically, what’s going on (as I understand it) is that the cancer cells are all tied up with the scar tissue cells, so the scar tissue isn’t shrinking (as they predicted), but the cancer cells within are getting weaker. Unfortunately, even though it’s working, my doctor thinks I should have 2 more months of chemo than originally planned. So that means I’ll be getting chemo until the END of summer and then getting radiation.
It’s definitely disappointing, but as long as the cancer is all gone, it’s worth it so I don’t have to do this again.
As for how I am feeling… this was a crappy weekend for me. I felt nauseated pretty much the entire time. I missed seeing visiting friends, which made me mad, but what can you do? No one said cancer was fun or fair. My mom and my sister had the kids so they had a fun weekend at least!
Oh well, onward and upward. I’ll make up for it next weekend somehow.
Take care everyone!!!