On last week’s exciting episode, Maggie’s OBGYN found a lump in a place it didn’t belong. Since then, she’s had both an MRI and a mammogram, neither of which showed any signs to worry so we aren’t. Nonetheless, she’s scheduled for a meeting with the surgeon on Tuesday to confirm the lump and discuss options for removal. I’m suspect that this meeting is a continuation of some sort of scam in the medical industry whereas as many people as possible get to handle her breasts. We also had a PET scan on Tuesday. The results: the tumors are inactive. Fantastic!
Having inactive tumors begs the question “ok, so what next?” Maggie and I both suspect on the next visit with Dr. Loukas he’ll stop doling out the chemo punishment, leaving her with just an every-two-week visit to get Avastin while we wait and watch for changes. Of course, we could be wrong. Avastin, by the way, has none of the side-effects you’d attribute with chemo treatments. It does, however, have others – ones that are much more rare but more serious like sudden gut perforations. We’re planning on not getting any of those.
No one really knows how long the bastard tumors will stay inactive. Maybe a month. Maybe a year. But we’ll keep watching. Insurance only allows us a new scan every three months and, unfortunately, that’s really the only way to tell what’s happening. And it’s a pretty gross measurement at best. Kind of like using Google Maps to find where you parked your car. But it’s what we’ve got.
So, BRING ON THE CHEMO BREAK! If it comes, it will transition us to the closest thing we’ve had to a “normal” life since the end of 2006. Wow!