Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Good News from Houston

There were several bright spots for this trip.  First, they ditched the barium enemas during the CT's.  That was a welcome relief!  I met some amazing people with miraculous stories.  And, I dodge all biopsies!  Most spots have not grown at all except for the spots on my thyroid.  Those have grown some but are still rather small and they appear to be benign.  Yay!  However, my lymphoma doc is referring me to another department for a consultation within the next 2 weeks.

And, there's more good news... After reviewing some new research and my records they decided not to do maintenance chemo.  Recent research shows that "it doesn't increase survivability rates," especially for patients with refractory lymphoma, like me.  And, it has some risks that the doctor felt made it so that the risks do not outweigh the benefits.

In case you don't know, "survivability rate" is a term that oncologists throw around way too easily.  My cancer is a very survivable cancer.  It sounds much scarier in this case than it really is.  And, refractory lymphoma, just means that my lymphoma has been treated once, and has come back.

So, thank you all for thinking of me, your prayers, your love and support.  I am very blessed to have so many great friends and such a wonderful family!