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!