All of this week, I was feeling a little anxious leading up to my next round of check up with my oncologist. It is the routine 3 week visit. The appointment is scheduled for 11.11.11. Whether it was deliberately scheduled or sheer coincidence, this date would be forever remembered.
On the way to the clinic, I kept repeating the mantra in mind that “I don’t want to do any more chemo. My blood test results will be good.” From my last post, I made the decision to stop chemo on the basis the cancer markers are stabilized. My oncologist did not object to that idea but she did say that I could stop only if the levels were within plus or minus 10% from the previous level. Once the nurse from the pathology lab drew my blood, the next 2 hours was going to be the longest 2 hours I had to endure. I distracted myself with some breakfast followed by sipping a large mug of tea to kill time. I kept looking at my phone to make sure that I had a strong signal to receive calls and that my phone wasn’t set to silent.
11.55am, my phone rang and it was my oncologist’s office. The nurse told me the results are back. Luckily I was at the shopping mall across the road from my doctor’s office. Walked back with a brisk pace and constantly thinking about results. As soon as I walked through the clinic doors, I was ushered into the doctor’s office. I sat down and my eyes were scrambling to see what the results were. I zoomed in and saw that the cancer markers level decreased to 19.9 from 26. I let out a huge sigh of relief and couldn’t stopped smiling. I was ecstatic! My doctor was also very pleased. We ran through the blood test results and other components were looking great as well.
My oncologist did the usual physical examination to make sure there were no other symptoms on the body. I was given the all clear. Mind you, my oncologist’s slip in the question “Are you sure you don’t want to do another round just to make sure?”. I instantaneously replied, “no, thank you”. There is no guarantee that undergoing another round of chemo would “foolproof” from the cancer cells coming back. Completing 8 rounds of chemotherapy is more than enough for me. It doesn’t mean that I cancer free or in remission. For now, the CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) levels are low. “When CEA levels decrease after therapy, it means that most or all of the CEA-producing tumor has been removed.” (extracted from Lab tests online)
Now, it is up to me to focus on what I eat and keep up a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise.
I will post more on the alternative treatment I am trying.
Ciao for now!