Today I received some fantastic news. After five cycles of Pembrolizumab it appears the drug is having an effect and the cancer in my bowel and pelvis has reduced. The drugs do work! Hallelujah!
I had another PET CT scan on Thursday last week and luckily the scan was read in time for my appointment this morning. Although I had a vague feeling I’d receive some positive news (it’s about time after all), I didn’t want to get my hopes up for fear they would be dashed. Over the past few weeks I haven’t been in anywhere near as much pain as I was prior to my most recent bowel surgery. However, one can never be too sure. I’m so pleased about the result, it’s difficult to articulate exactly how much it means to me to know my body is fighting back. I feel like it will allow me to relax a little and enjoy the next few months without a dark cloud of fear hanging over me.
During my consultation the Dr I saw (not my usual Oncologist, which is always a good sign) carefully went through the report with me and compared it to the previous one from June. Although I was uable to see the scan due to a technical glitch his explanation really put my mind at ease. He hopes I’ll be in the 10% of patients who have a long term response rate to pembrolizumab. I guess only time will tell, but for now I’m more than happy with that.
I feel like I need to do something else to raise awareness of this awful disease. Watch this space!