Last Friday, I had a CT scan and X-Ray for the first time since the chemotherapy started. I’m starting my third (three week) course today, so Friday was the end of my sixth week.
This morning, I met with my oncologist to discuss the results. The largest tumors I have originally started out at 5cm, which put me right on the line between stage 2 and stage 3 – and the hope was that they’d have shrunk to 3cm or below by now. As the doc told me a couple of weeks ago, if they were still 3cm or larger, we’d need to start talking about other options (i.e., more chemo and/or surgery). If they got to below 3cm, it meant I was responding well to the therapy. So, that is the metric – 3cm.
Good news! According to the doc, not only are my tumors shrunk down to approximately 1cm – he said if someone was to look at the CT results without the benefit of knowing about previous scans, they probably wouldn’t see any problem.
So, this next three weeks should be my last course of chemotherapy treatment, and I’ll follow up with another CT scan in the fall. I’m finally starting to look forward to being done with chemo – though I really wonder how long it will be until I can feel good again. Might be a couple of months, might be closer to a year. I’m hoping for the former. 😉