BIG NEWS FROM HOUSTON: My latest PET scan showed "no evidence of disease," and this from the radiologist known to be super-picky. Of course, with Stage IV cancer, the word "remission" is never used, but "NED" is as good as it gets. As a result, I get to skip chemo for three months, which is especially welcome news since my side effects (touchy tummy, fatigue, tingly toes) were starting to become troublesome. I'm going on a hormone therapy and will stay on the non-chemo drugs that I get via IV as a hoped-for safety net during the "vacation."
It's always a huge treat when your oncologist smiles. And my MD/Phd pharmacologist brother-in-law, who helps develop cancer drugs, called this "spectacular" news and added, "You have been 'chosen.'" Strong words and strong medicine.
I am blessed. And grateful for such supportive relatives and friends.