Tina and I went to see my oncologist, Dr. Phinney, this morning to get the results of the latest PET scan. I’m not free and clear, but overall it was really good news! Quite honestly, I had prepared myself for the worst and was quite taken back by what he said. I was literally speechless, and anyone who knows me knows that isn’t easy to do to me.
First off, there is no evidence of new disease, which means the cancer has not spread any more! But to make things even better, the three lesions that were on my liver are no longer showing up on the PET scan. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are gone, but they have at least shrunk down to below 1 CM in size, which is the about smallest size the PET scan can show.
The nodules in my lungs look as though they may have grown about 1 MM, however Dr. Phinney was quick to point out a couple of possible reasons for that. Firstly, they may have actually grown, which he thinks is unlikely. Secondly, the most recent scan was done at a different facility, with a newer and more technologically advanced PET scan machine, so they may just “look” bigger. Lastly, because nodules and tumors are hard to measure with a great deal of accuracy, and it is up to the interpretation of the doctor reading the scans, they may not have grown at all. Basically, he said that a nodule that one doctor may read as 8 MM may be read by another doctor as 9 MM.
So, all in all, it was a great appointment with some incredibly good news! I am going to continue on the same chemo regiment, every two weeks, for the next three months. After that we will do another scan and see what everything looks like.
Thank you so much to everyone who has been thinking of me, praying for me, supporting me, and been there for me throughout this entire ordeal. The war certainly isn’t over yet, and I need to keep my nose to the grind and keep moving forward, but as far as I am concerned we won the first battle!
Our God is truly an awesome God!