The report of the last CT scan finally arrived by e-mail.
This was the first CT scan after I learned of lung metastasis in April 2012; 7 weeks after I added Taxol, a chemo drug, onto two antibody drugs, Herceptin and Tykerb, which I have been on more than a year.
I braced myself to read the e-mail.
“Your CT shows improvement in the lymph nodes.,” said the opening. Yeah!
The report was two-page long with lots of medical terminology. Taking time, I read carefully each sentence, which started from the thyroid and then to the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenal gland, intestines, kidneys, bladder, spine, and pelvis.
Each time as I found the word, “stable”, “ unchanged”, or smaller measurements of nodules, I was relieved from the tension and the tension was transformed into the urge to shout for joy gradually.
All four cancer tumors have shrunk since the previous CT: For example, from 1.3 cm to .7cm and 1.2 cm to .6cm as to almost half sizes!
I requested for an early scan in 2 months instead of 3 months being afraid of wasting time if the drugs wouldn’t have worked, but this is the best result I could ever expect.
Since Taxol belongs to the same taxane family as Taxotere, which failed in my adjuvant therapy ( the chemotherapy before the mastectomy), my primary doctor didn’t want to use this drug. The first person who recommended this drug was a liver doctor in Japan, who has the same HER2 stage 4 breast cancer and has become a friend through my blog.
Taxol, which was not the first choice even for Dr. Glaspy at UCLA, was favored by the sub doctor (for my primary oncologist on her maternity leave), and we chose this as the first line for my metastasis along with Herceptin and Tykerb.
In spite of two years of the treatment, my cancer had progressed. It must be extremely difficult to find an effective drug for me and nobody knows which one is the right one. If I think finding any good medicine for me is like winning a gold medal in Olympic, I am deeply thankful for Dr. M, my friend in Japan!
This is just a beginning as the goal is to have a complete response to chemotherapy, or to have no visible cancer in an imaging test, but now I am very hopeful to see better results in the next scan.
Thank you, also ,to all people who have prayed for and supported me!
GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!!