Triple negative breast cancer + chemo = complete pathological response
That’s a right good equation up there.
I had an appointment with the big doc today – the one that is the head of the clinical trial in this neck of the woods. I had the best possible result – a complete pathological response, or pathological complete response, or pathologically complete response… Whatever – it all boils down to the same thing – no evidence of cancer.
And so I finally asked the stats question. What is the likelihood of recurrence? Around 5% is the current answer. Without the complete pathological response, the recurrence rate is something like 1 out of 3… within the first few years. I don’t have the exact stats… but it’s something like that. So… big huge sigh of relief…
So now what?
Someone suggested I should change from breast cancer patient to breast cancer survivor in my little self description.
Interesting thought. On the one hand, once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient. On the other hand, the current hypothesis is that I am free of cancer. I tend to be an optimistic person. So, do I embrace that optimism and go ahead and say – Lee Penn kicked cancer’s ass?
What do you think? I really want to know! Please comment.