Well my ENT Dr didn’t care for the results of the PET/CT from May, so he ordered a new scan. I went in and did a new scan on July 7th and heard back from the doctor last night. The results are that the scan was 100% clean. No signs of any cancer in the neck or otherwise.
Now we just have to plan the “Cancer Free” party. I’m guessing it will be some time in August, but we’ll see when time allows.
I see both doctors again in September, but the next scan is scheduled for November. Then there will be another scan in the March time frame of 2010. That will mark the one year anniversary of the completion of my treatment. I’m told that 80% of everyone that recurs has it happen in the first year, so if I can make it through the next 2 scans clean then my odds are pretty good.
My weight is holding pretty steady and even climbing a shade. I’m finally up to the 180lbs mark and exercising several times a week. There are really only 3-4 side effects remaining and the worst of those are the neuropathy in my feet and the dry mouth from the damage to my salivary glands. According to doctors both of these are supposed to subside at some point in the future, but they are not short term. The other things are trivial like some slight difficulty swallowing and my inability to grow facial hair my neck. The hair thing doesn’t bother me too much, but it is really bothering Laurie.
The next report will probably be in either September or November. God willing I’ll be passed this in no time.