Friday, September 28, 2007


This is the best possible news. (Note: I had earlier blogged that it was 0.1, but the nurse had misspoken on the phone.)

Before surgery: 4.8 (but really, 9.6 because I was on a medication that artificially lowered it)
3 months after surgery: less than 0.1 (or "undetectable" on the standard assay)
6 months after surgery: 0.2
10 months post surgery: 0.6
Day before radiation started (about 11 months post-surgery): 0.7
IMRT for 8 weeks
3 months post-radiation: 0.1
4.5 months post-radiation: 0.1
and now, 6 months post radiation: < 0.1

I'm clearly in the "complete responders" group Andrew Stephenson has reported on. His study shows 49% of those who got a complete response within 9 months were free from disease progression 6 years later. That may not sound great to you (50-50 odds) but overall rates of success in salvage radiotherapy in the long run are not nearly that high. My odds in the short run are excellent.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

fingers crossed

Had blood drawn just now. This is roughly 6 months post-radiation. I'm hoping for it to come back LESS THAN 0.1.

Monday, September 17, 2007