Just when I was starting to get used to the idea of the May 20th surgery date... Dr. Sara throws me a curveball (not a bad one though)!
On Friday morning, I had an appointment with Dr. Sara, and also a Herceptin treatment. After my usual physical exam (three boob flashes), we talked about my test results. Dr. Sara said he'd just been on the phone with the radiologist who examined my scans, and the radiologist said there was a "more than 80% improvement" in the breast, and he also said that the cancer on the liver is no longer showing up as "active" (which we knew).
Dr. Sara said he was extremely pleased with the results (and so am I!). Then he said that because the chemo is working so well, and because I am tolerating it so well, he has decided that instead of sending me to surgery now, I will have two more rounds of chemo to try to reduce the cancer even more.
This is NOT a setback - again, it's because I've had such a tremendous response to the chemo. In the beginning, Dr. Sara had said that the goal is to go to surgery with NO cancer if possible. And because I had such a large mass, it's not something that can be knocked out in 2-3 treatments, so it's totally normal to go 6 rounds. Plus, relatively speaking my side effects have been pretty manageable - I still have not had to miss any days of work because I don't feel well due to chemo side effects. This all played into Dr. Sara's decision to give me two more rounds of chemo before I have surgery.
So now, I have a little more time to prepare mentally for surgery, which will not take place until late June or early July. And although two more rounds of chemo means more fatigue, dry mouth, and fogginess side effects (which may get worse since chemo is cumulative), and although this means I will have to wait a few more weeks for my hair to start growing in, I am not disappointed in this change of plans. Instead, I am happy that my test results are so good and my side effects have been manageable enough to allow for a more aggressive treatment. I'm all about blasting the cancer with as much ammunition as we can. I want every last possible cell to be killed or removed so that the chances of some of those cells lying dormant and reactivating in a few years is lowered!