Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
And big news…I’m officially finished with chemo! And why? Because an awesome PET scan showed that I’m NED! Translation? No evidence of disease. No evidence of cancer. Or, in super medical terms, no hypermetabolic lesions
to suggest active metastatic disease.
Now, I do want to provide a disclaimer: no evidence of disease does not mean that I’m cancer free or that I’m cured. Metastatic breast cancer can be managed but it is not curable. Going back to the medical jargon from the PET scan, there is no “active metastatic disease”, emphasis on the word active. Cancer mets have a cunning ability to hide out and stay dormant. Until they are active and large enough, they won’t show up on scans. And they could show up next week…or next month…or next year…or years from now. Who knows…
That said, NED is probably the holy grail of metastatic breast cancer, the status that every patient