Aug 05, 2009 - 9:30 am
I finished the last treatment of my initial chemo/radiation treatment protocol July 1st and have been sooooooo enjoying this 'no doctoring' break. Just for a little while, I've allowed myself to think that I am cured and cancer-free, and I have been very busy and happy this past month, picking up my life where I left off a year ago when this crazy cancer journey started. But my 'blissful ignorance' break is about to be interrupted. I got the cal yesterday with my schedule of post-treatment tests:
This FRIDAY I will have my 1st post-treatment CT-scan. I have that tiny 2.7mm lung nodule that showed up on my April scan that my chemo and radiation oncologists both say is nothing, but that was noted by the doctor who read the scan as something to keep an eye on. This will be the 1st scan that looks at that. Little scary, but I am trying to not give into that anxiety.
Then on August 11th I have my routine post-radiation appointment with the radiation oncologist, and I'm guessing that they will wait until then to give me my scan results. Otherwise I can't even imagine what this visit will accomplish; it is just routine follow-up they always do.
They also made an appointment with the hospital's new Gynecologic Oncologist for a PAP test and pelvic exam August 17th. (The wonderful gyn-onc that did my surgery is 2 hours away from here and 'out of network' for my insurance, so I am going to see if this gyn-onc would be someone I feel good about using. This would save me a lot of $$ and puts my whole 'oncology team' at the same facility.)
My chemo oncologist was supposed to be my 'primary' physician for follow-up and yet I have no appointment yet with him, but he is the one that ordered the CT-Scan, so there may be another appointment coming up with him.
So my 'no doctoring' break is about to be over. But I sure made the most of this free month!!