Sherryl had an appointment with her oncologist today to learn the results of the CT and bone scans that were performed last week. For those of you who like the outcome first, the news is good.
The CT scan shows there is no sign of cancer in major organs. In addition, small nodules that appeared on the lungs in previous images and which doctors wanted to watch closely for signs of cancer, are gone. Gone. Isn't that the loveliest word when it comes to cancer?!
For the bone scan, progress is difficult to measure which could be due to Sherryl's system responding to the change from Femara to chemotherapy. Sherryl has an appointment later this month with her radiology oncologist, so more details should be available then.
Sherryl's oncologist is glad she is doing well. He also told her that she may not have had pneumonia as previously suspected. Rather, scar tissue resulting from radiation treatment to the spine may have appeared on a chest x-ray as a shadow only resembling pneumonia.
Sherryl asked her oncologist about returning to day care. He agreed with her plan to ease back into a routine since she is responding well to treatment. She will continue chemotherapy for another 3 - 4 months, then more tests will be performed to assess response.
As for her spirits, Sherryl is doing very well. She strives every day to gain more physical strength. She is able to drive again and has enjoyed reclaiming some degree of independence. While staying positive about today's looming test results, Sherryl was busy all Labor Day weekend. She particularly enjoyed meeting dear friends for coffee and reuniting with some of our very entertaining cousins. For the latter, we never foresaw in our youth engaging as adults in hysterical conversations that would reveal which of us are lactose intolerant and from which individuals on our shared family tree we had inherited that related gene. (!)
Sherryl paid a visit again Monday to her new favorite store, Anthropologie. This time she couldn't leave the store without two of those charming doorknobs -- the bird and a small, cobalt blue sphere.