Wow, that was fast. I took a chance and assumed I could stop coughing long enough to sit still for the MUGA test around 10 a.m. this morning. Although I was sorely tempted to hack to my heart’s delight about 15 minutes into the 20 minute procedure, I held it in and hoped I could also stay calm enough to avoid skewing the results of my heart exam.
By mid-afternoon, I had already received the results of the test via email from my oncologist. Dr. Semien reported that my LVEF (left ventricular ejection fraction) is back up to a very healthy 76%, up from 73% in April, definitely up from 70% in January (when Dr. Semien put me on notice that further drops could temporarily suspend or permanently terminate Herceptin infusions), and just shy of the 77% measured last August before I started adjuvant treatment. With only 3 months of treatment left, I no longer need to worry about MUGA results derailing treatment because monitoring occurs only on a 3 month cycle.
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