It's been 5 years today since my liver resection and 8 years 3 1/2 months since my original Stage III dx. I had my blood work and scans done two weeks ago and all are good (other than walking pneumonia).
My oncologist said I'd have blood work every six months for 2 years and a scan at the end of year 1 and possibly year 2, but I've had so many scans that we've now reached the point where I should only have scans if we think there's a reason or we might actually cause a new cancer.
It feels like I've been a 'cancer' patient for most of my life and I don't think I'll ever get over this experience, but hearing him say 'You're cured' was awesome. When I repeated it back to him, he said 'Likely cured. You've got only a few percent, more than 1%, but a very tiny percent chance this would ever come back.' He said it would be just unheard of for someone to have a tiny cancer cell just floating around out there in your body for 5 to 8 years, surviving my immune system, and then just attach to something and start to grow.
That was awesome. He asked if I was still coughing and said just to finish the medication and my body would do the rest.
CHRISTIAN REMARK FOLLOWING:
I am so thankful to my LORD and Savoir for sparing my life and I hope He is pleased with how I use the time I have been given.
"I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the LORD has done." Psalm 118:17
Stage IIIB cc surgery 1/7/09. 5/17 nodes. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IVa 2/15/12. CEA 6.4 PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12 No chemo
Eight yrs, 10 months since original dx. Five yrs. 7 months post liver resection.
“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.”