My scans were unchanged from August. No new growth was detected and my tumor marker level is still in single digits. All in all, it was a good (and welcomed) report.
The doctor today talked with us about how, because there were positive margins left after my surgery (that is, there was some tumor material on my mesenteric artery that could not be removed), that they had been looking at me closely. She said that, if they do, they typically see new tumor growth in the first 2-4 months after treatment ends. I stopped treatment in March, so we are well past that threshold.
I still maintain that I hope that I’ll be able to relax more about these scans after next August. Most recurrence of PC after surgery (that is, after successful surgery without positive margins) occurs around 18-24 months. I think when I make it August, 2010, it’ll be time for TumorPalooza II. Start planning now.
Thank you for all the encouragement, well wishes, thoughts, prayers, positive energy, karma, and cookies!