I was called in for a periodic checkup today with Dr. Semien, who gave me a physical and then gave me my marching orders. Since next Tuesday’s infusion is my very last, I can curtail visits to Kaiser. I will no longer need MUGA scans, check-ups will be reduced to once per six month period, and I will continue to be vigilant. In particular, I will be looking for any breast changes or swelling of the lymph nodes (loco-regional recurrence). I will also keep an eye out for bone pain, nausea, headaches, or persistent cough (distant recurrence in bones, brain, lungs, etc.)
According to Dr. Semien’s online risk calculator, my 10 year risk of recurrence has dropped from 21% (prechemo) to 12%, following adjuvant treatment of Taxol and Herceptin. She whittled this statistic a bit further, saying my otherwise excellent health paired with the diminutive size of the invasive tumor make that 12% figure a high estimate.
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