Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Good news!

The bone scan showed no new mets anywhere. It did show slight progression in the left sternal met, but that's it. That's good, because it means that even if the treatment isn't working, at least the cancer hasn't gone hogwild. I guess they took the extra film to have a closer look at the degeneration in my L5-S1 vertebrae. It is still degenerated and it still hurts, but it's not mets.

I'll tell you, I was stunned to get these results. I'd honestly expected the cancer to have spread further. I am very relieved that it hasn't gone to other bones, but I'm also worried that they're going to think that I'm crying wolf. This is the second time that I've called about something that turned out to really be nothing. I know that there are people out there who do call about everything and I'm worried that they'll think that I'm one of those. At least the bone scan didn't show nothing - there is progression in the sternum which could correspond with the pain, so it's likely that the Femara isn't working in any case.

I see the radiation oncologist tomorrow morning and I hope that he'll be making the pain go away. I see the medical oncologist on Thursday - she'll have the tumour markers, too, and we'll figure out what comes next. It's going to be a long few days.

1 comment:

Monisa said...

I think in general that it is perfectly reasonable to tell people what is going on inside your body and demand attention for this stuff. Nobody can read your mind and only you can take care of yourself. Don't apologize and don't think less of yourself for appearing to "cry wolf". I certainly don't think less of you for it and it may just be that by drawing attention to the symptoms, somebody will come up with something eureka-like.

On an unrelated note, I've been on the phone with Bell for half an hour, been without internet for an hour and 45 minutes (I'm currently "borrowing" a neighbours but don't tell the IT guys at work), I have yelled at the poor Indian guy several times and have lost hearing in my right ear because the hold music seems to consist of white noise.

So, now that I have been on the phone with them for 35 minutes, they are sending the call to Level 2 despite the fact that I requested to put directly through to Level 2 when I called. I am very frustrated right now. AUGH!