I felt my tension was released listening to a Nurse Practitioner reading the PET result.
Because my biopsy showed cancer in my all three lymph nodes removed last week, I had a PET scan to see if there was more cancer spread in other parts of my body. Today when I went to the clinic to remove a drain, I asked the NP if the PET result was already in the computer or not.
As I expected, on the screen of a computer I saw the long report.
The NP read each bullet.
“ There is abnormality under left arm. But this is probably because of the surgery. And…”
Each time when she said “and,” I got an intense feeling in my throat. Yet, the PET didn’t detect metastatic breast cancer according to the NP.
As I got home, there was an e-mail from the oncologist and she also said the test result was “overall good”, though continual observation is necessary.
I was concerned about cancer in my bones as I have had a hip pain, but nothing regarding the bones was reported.
Although lymph nodes were cancerous, maybe Navelbine and Herceptine were keeping the cancer local.
Next week I will discuss the next new treatment with the oncologist, surgeon, and Dr. Glaspy at UCLA.
I am greatly thankful for today’s result.