I was going to write this blog post earlier in the week, but I have been overwhelmed with so many thoughts and emotions since I met with my oncologist on Monday, March 27th.
On March 21st, I had my most recent PET Scan. Everything went fine with the scan, as usual. I sat next to a sweet 80-year-old lady in the waiting room. She started to chat with me because she was complaining about the wait, and I told her that the wait could be long sometimes; it depends on what type of imaging you are there for and how many appointments there are. She asked me why I knew that, and I explained that I come in every four months for a PET scan since I am a stage 4 cancer patient. She asked me a few more questions and then handed me the book she was reading and told me to keep it. The book is by Zig Ziglar, Embrace the Struggle, Living Life on Life’s Terms. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I will soon.
This past Monday, I went to see my oncologist for my regular 30-day appointment and to get my PET scan results. My blood looks pretty good for me anyway, and I was happy to see that my ANC was 1.4, which is excellent considering that the low number in the acceptable range is 1.5, so that is the highest my ANC has been in months! So we were very happy with my blood panels.
Then we moved on to my PET Scan results. Unfortunately, my tumor has grown. It is roughly 1/3 of an inch larger, which is a slight increase but nonetheless an increase. My oncologist immediately said that I would need radiation treatments to stop the growth of my tumor and hopefully kill it. Luckily I will be going back to see the same radiation oncologist I saw in 2019 for my treatments which is great because I trust her and adore her. I will likely have three weeks’ worth of treatments or 15 sessions. I don’t know all of the details yet, but I will find out when I have my consultation and plotting appointments next Wednesday, April 5th. Matt will be going with me to my appointments next Wednesday, so it will be nice to have him with me because I will be there for half the day.
Understandably, I am overwhelmed with my thoughts and emotions. I am wondering what is next after radiation. My oncologist made it sound like I may not be taking iBrance while I am going through radiation, so that I will ask about that on Wednesday. He also said that he wants to keep me on iBrance for years, but if it proves ineffective, I may have to go through chemo infusions again, and he has told me it will be much tougher this time vs. 2019. So I plan on getting some of my questions answered because, by the time I go in for my appointment next Wednesday, my oncologists will have discussed what is going on with me and the next steps.
I wish I had better news to share but cancer is tricky and you never know what it will do, especially when it is as aggressive as mine has been.