Okay, the important scans are coming up. The first, a CT of my torso, is scheduled for the 22nd of Feb. at 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time). They’ll call me next week to schedule the breast MRI some time the week of the 22nd. My follow-up appointment with the doctor is the 25th.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=CT+scan&iid=290524″ src=”0287/e17f5307-c2dc-41a0-9bc3-6d68e033c6c9.jpg?adImageId=10241556&imageId=290524″ width=”234″ height=”352″ /]I had wanted to to a PET scan of the torso, but insurance issues intervened. They’ll pay for a CT even though it means more radiation for me. Jerks.
The purpose of the scans is to see if there is anything new and if the old stuff has shrunk or not. We’re also looking to see if the two spots in my right breast are really growing or have been just sitting there doing nothing as they have been for the past two years. The last breast MRI I had two or three months ago was inconclusive as to whether or not there was growth.
So, pray for the best of the best results, whatever that is.
On the 25th we’ll decide next steps. If the best happens, I will get at least one more round of chemo (maybe two) and then be released to live life again. Living life for me from now on will also mean getting scanned every couple of months and waiting for the next recurrence because, ladies and gentlemen, apparently this will never go away; it will just keep coming back until it kills me. God, of course, could have something else to say about that. Right now I’m pretty discouraged and very worn out.
If the worst happens we’ll switch chemos, which could mean another 8- or 9-month round of something else, and if that doesn’t work, another 8- or 9-month round of something else… ad nauseum. Of course, it’s a free country and I don’t have to do any of it.
The thing with indolent (slow growing) cancer is that it is also slow to take up and respond to chemo. Thus the long grind of chemo and the long wait to see if it actually responds to a particular chemo. There’s a new blood test called a circulating tumor assay (or something like that). We’re going to talk on the 25th about maybe doing that. It’s so new they don’t always know what the results mean, but sometimes it can tell you how to target treatment.
The other thing with indolent cancer is that it can switch to aggressive cancer without any kind of warning. The advantage with aggressive cancer is that it responds to treatment faster. So…. it’s just plain good to have neither one. That’s the truth of it.
I’m getting a two-week break from chemo this time to let my body recover from all these skin infections. Also, my bloodwork shows that my liver is very very unhappy with all the infections and the poisons. At least I hope that’s why it’s unhappy. I hope and pray it’s not the cancer spreading to my liver because that would be very very very bad.
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=acupuncture&iid=231579″ src=”0228/9dcfa6cc-9a54-43f1-a058-988dfd3c2d4a.jpg?adImageId=10242187&imageId=231579″ width=”234″ height=”165″ /]I’m taking next week off from seeing ANY doctors except I’m getting acupuncture on Monday. This is a first for me but I figure it’s not going to do anything negative and it could be very positive. I’ll throw everything at this cancer that I possibly can. Maybe this cancer is afraid of needles. One can only hope.