Written May 10, 2012 7:05pm
So, it’s official, my doctor (the radiation oncologist, who has been the most optimistic this whole time) has said that I am in a remission! We went over the PET scan results today, and he said that my scan was combed over very carefully, and they cannot find any evidence of cancer anywhere. He said that I could say that I am in a remission at this point. It was great to get the official results today and to confirm that all this treatment has been effective for me.
He said that my case is very unique, and my other doctor has said that as well. It is very surprising to them that I have no evidence of disease after what they saw on my PET scan last year at about this time.
We compared the two PET scans, (my first one and this last one) on a big monitor in his office. I am just so glad that I don’t have to go back to last year and start over!!!
Even though I have been getting positive feedback from these scans and have felt that treatment has worked well for me, it is taking a while for it to sink in that I may be completely cured. I think that is because I have been told so many times that that can’t happen for me. Also, everything that I have looked up has usually confirmed that notion. But now this doctor said that if I still have clean PET scans for the next four years that I will be considered “cured”.
Although I will still get a PET scan every year at that point for the rest of my life because I will still be at a greater risk of it returning with my history now. My next scan will be in November.