I had my follow-up visit yesterday with my surgical oncologist, Dr. Mansfield. Everything is going smoothly with my recovery but I did learn one new thing. When I thought about my surgery, I imagined this half-alive, half-dead tumor being taken out of my body. But no, the tumor was dead as a doornail. I had a COMPLETE response to chemo!! Unbelievable! I get the impression that this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often with my type of cancer. I thought my pathology report was amazing but this new tidbit has me floating again.
There is still a little more work to be done. Unlike the mucinous type of appendiceal adenocarcinoma, the non-mucinous type that I have tends to more easily metastasize outside the peritoneal cavity (the place that holds all your guts). Just in case any rogue cells might have escaped via my bloodstream for a tour, I will need about three more months of just-in-case chemo. I will meet with my doctors again in mid-January to find out the details. About the extra chemo, I say bring it on!
I almost forgot to mention that I’m home again after almost 3 weeks in Houston! Details, details. It was so wonderful for Doug and I to walk in the front door last night and be greeted by our girls, my mom, our dog and a yummy dinner. I kinda felt like a medieval knight coming home after battle.
Whoever you pray to, whatever you believe – thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts sent on my behalf.