This morning I got my PET Scan results, and they couldn't have been better! There were no new cancerous areas visible on the scan. The original tumor in my breast is no longer visible on the scan! As for my lymph nodes, they have shrunk dramatically. One that was 3.6 X 2.4 cm is now 2.6 X 1.6 cm The metabolic activity in the axillary lymph node previously was 14.9 It is now 2.5 (under 3 is good)!
As for that pesky node in my sternum, it has shrunk also. It was previously 2.2 X 1.2 X 0.7 cm. Now it is 1.3 X 1.2 X 0.4 cm. The metabolic activity previously was 15.7 (very high) and it is now 1.1 That is amazing!
This means the chemotherapy is working. The cancer that I have, triple negative breast cancer, is very aggressive and my Oncologist said many people don't respond to the chemotherapy, so I am fortunate that mine does respond. Even though the tumor in the breast is no longer visible, I will still need a total radical mastectomy on the right side. I'm okay with that. I will have reconstructive surgery at the same time as the mastectomy.
After surgery I will have about a month of recovery time and then I will start radiation - 7 weeks at 5X a week.
I feel very blessed to have so many people praying for me and sending me well wishes, they are all greatly appreciated!