I learned the results from my CT scan today:
"There has been very substantial response to treatment. Widespread metastatic disease to the liver has regressed remarkably...Very significant response to chemotherapy...the remaining parenchymal nodules and evidence of scarring are difficult to evaluate for viable residual disease."
In other words, they could find no evidence of the cancer, just scars to show where the tumours once were.
The doctor who works with my oncologist said, as she passed me the report, "I want to frame this." She was beaming.
This doesn't mean I can quit chemo (or, especially, Herceptin) but it does mean that, at least over the summer, I will go less frequently (receiving treatment every three weeks).
There are very likely still cancer cells in my body but they appear to be impossible to locate, at the moment.
As my doctor said, "This is as good as it gets."
I am in shock, and completely elated. I keep re-reading my ct scan report and have yet to bring myself to tell anyone (my spouse knows, because he was with me). I was very optimistic that I would at least learn that my tumours were stable and was hoping for even better news. But this, honestly, is almost beyond my wildest dreams.
I have some thoughts on why my health has improved so much and how I do feel that there is a two-tiered health care system but I'll save that for another day.
Going to go pinch myself now.