This morning I saw my oncologist to get the results of the CT scan I had last Friday. Everything is stable! I will admit that I really liked the CTs I had during chemo that showed my liver tumours shrinking dramatically. OK, I wish I was NED (no evidence of disease). But I am happy to be sable, Stable Mabel.
This was my first CT scan since I began Tamoxifen treatment. I had thought of this drug only for its value in preventing the recurrence of breast cancer; I hadn't realized it was used for metastatic disease as well. I thought I was going to have to do chemo for the rest of my life. [Yes, there is SO much I don't know!] My bone marrow is glad for the chemo break, not that Tamoxifen is completely benign. I have had increased joint pain, significant nausea and, most recently, hot flashes. It's almost as bad as my chemo, Taxol. But it isn't as toxic. Knowing that my doctor has so many drugs to use against my cancer (triple positive ductal breast cancer) is comforting. In fact, the doctor mentioned that it appears that cancer cells are forgetful. They lose their resistance to particular chemo drugs after about a year. That allows the oncologists to retry a drug that stopped working. It gives me hope that I will be around for a while.
I swear, I cry almost as much after good news as bad. My Sweetheart and I admitted some of our fears to my oncologist. My doctor is, and always has been very optimistic about his ability to treat my cancer as a chronic condition, rather than a life-threatening one. The truth is that right now my cancer is not threatening my life. i really should relax a little. Both the doc and my Sweetie would like it if I stayed off the Internet and forgot about median survival rates. They have a good point, but it would be hard. I feel a great deal of comfort and support from the breast cancer blogging community. Plus, I want to use my blog to keep my loved ones up to date and to, I hope, be of comfort and support to others.
[My title was inspired by Jen at Learning to Live Lengendary and her post "Missing Mabel.")