it so good for us all when we can share good news. I know it certainly helps me. Congratulations.
Thank you everyone for all your comments. Mostly I wanted you all to know that, despite an initially bleak outlook (my husband has let me see some of the e-mails he sent when I was diagnosed with the brain mets, and it's clear that I was only expected to survive days or weeks) things can work out surprisingly well.
Lynn, what wonderful news for you. It's great to hear of good things happening to people. As others have said, long may it continue for you.
Good luck to us all.
It's lovely to hear your news Lynn - just goes to show it isn't all doom and gloom!! It's about being realistic and having hope!
Fantastic news, Lynn. I had similar scan results (liver mets) last month after 6 cycles of xeloda - it clearly works extremely well for some of us!
Long may it last.
What fantastic new,
thank you for sharing that.
Well done and congratulations...
It is so great to hear these stories.
Lynne, thrilled for you- thats great and it must be a wonderful thing to say goodbye to steroids on top of such great news.
It all goes to show that with breast cancer that one-size definitely doesnt fit all! That is such good news for you and I hope it stays that way for a long time to come.
I saw my onc last week, and the results were about as good as they could possibly be.
A physical examination revealed that the Inflammatory Breast Cancer lumps (local recurrence) have gone. A neck, abdomen, thorax & pelvis CT scan showed no new problems. My MUGA scan (needed for herceptin) showed that my heart performance has actually improved slightly. But, best of all, the 3 brain mets have shrunk so much that the onc thinks that, looking at the brain CT, it could just be scar tissue remaining. They have improved so much since the last scan that he is sure the Xeloda is making the difference (it's not just the continuing effects of February's Whole Brain Radiation). Because of this, I have been able to reduce my 1mg of steroids (dexamethasone) a day to 0.5mg, and if that's going OK after 10 days, I can stop completely. After 10 months on steroids, I can't wait!
No one can say that I'm cured and the mets won't come back, but right now I'm feeling fitter than at any time since the brain mets appeared at the beginning of the year, when the outlook was very bleak indeed. I'm on my 5th cycle of Xeloda (capecitebine) and the side effects so far are quite easy to cope with. Things are definitely getting better, and I feel like I've got my future back.
So don't give up hope. Even a diagnosis of '3 inoperable brain mets, and it's terminal' isn't always as bad as it sounds.
Lots of love,