A Very Good Outlier

Just met with my medical oncologist at M.D. Anderson today for my 3-month follow-up. Yesterday’s tests were compared to my post-surgery baseline CT scans done in January. The results of yesterday’s tests show that my tumor markers are normal and my CT scans are clean! My non-mucinous, colonic-type appendiceal adenocarcinoma is just not there. I am still cancer-free!

In an attempt to get this info to sink in, we had this conversation:

Me: So I get the feeling that my case is pretty unusual around here.

Doc: Yes, you had a rare subset of a rare cancer that has responded well to treatment.

Me: So does that make me an outlier?

Doc: Yes, in a good way.

There are not that many folks with this type of cancer AND with this good outcome. I am one of the lucky ones. There are no words to express how grateful I am.

No chemo or major appointments until my next check-up in 4 months (August). I’m having my own little happy dance inside. What a great summer this will be!

19 thoughts on “A Very Good Outlier

  1. We will take Sandy for wine to celebrate her BDay and your good news tonight. So happy for you and your family..Hugs,

  2. This is the absolute best news I’ve heard in a long time! You and the family deserve and extra special summer!

  3. Oh Ivanna that is such great news!!! I plan on going on many nice walks around Town Lake with you this summer and maybe even a yoga class! Three cheers for you and your doctors and Doug and Madison and Aubrey and your Mom. I am so so happy for you.

    Much love,

    Susan

  4. HI IVANNA. HOW WONDERFUL AND HOW RARE. I THINK WE WERE JUST HOLDING OUR BREATH, AFRAID TO FIND OUT. WHAT HAPPY NEWS!

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