Christmas Eve update from Nance with very good news ... Happy Holidays!
We met with Dr Rinn today to review the PET/CT scan from Tuesday and the results were as good as we could have possibly hoped. Overall, the cancer has been knocked back by about 50%, if not more, after only 3 months of treatment. Dr. Rinn took us down to meet in person with the radiologist to look at the before and after images, which were fascinating. He showed us how the liver tumors have decreased in size and activity, the largest has decreased from 28x25mm to 17x16mm. Other liver tumors have decreased as well (there were 14 when I had my scan in September). The tumors in my lungs have also decreased in size and number. I had over 40 small tumors between my two lungs back in September, some of these are no longer visible, others are smaller, and some are unchanged/stable. The cancer causing my back pain, which was actually in the lining of the lung, is gone even though I still have some lingering pain in this area due to nerve damage. The cancer in my spine is showing healing as well. All together this is really great news and cause for celebration! Dr. Rinn indicated I would probably stay on the current chemo for another 3 months or so, then we'll switch to an aromatase inhibitor. She is looking into some clinical trials for which I might be eligible, so stay tuned for more on that.
We are obviously thrilled with the results and are going to relax and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for your continued love, support, and prayers.