Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013 - last every 3 month follow up

Today I again had a CT scan, physical exam and CA-125 blood test as part of my last routinely schedule every 3 month follow up exam. This marks 3 years from the end of the platinum (routine) chemotherapy, and 2 years since the end of the investigational Avastin therapy. All results were clean! CT and exam unchanged, CA-125 remains 5!!!! This means my follow up drops to half - an exam, blood test and CT every 6 months for the next two years. I still have my port, which needs to be flushed every month or, when it fails to flush easily like today, every 2 weeks. But if that becomes an inconvenience or limiting for a job, the doc says we can consider taking it out. (probably unless there are problems it would stay in place for another 2 years or more). So that is all great news! And means that now I have to get serious about losing all the chemo weight instead of, whenever confronted by chocolate, just deciding it does not matter because what if I pass up this perfectly good chance to eat chocolate and then discover at my next follow up visit that my cancer is back? Well it was a good excuse while it lasted.

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