Stanford Chief of Oncology Makes N.E.D Announcement
Dr. George Sledge Makes N.E.D. Announcement
Last month I celebrated my 10th year of survivorship from my first diagnosis of Mucinous Carcinoma by Dr. Diana Cua through a core needle biopsy with results coming out October 5, 2005. I also celebrated the pronouncement of my oncologist, Chief of Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Center, that I am finally N.E.D. or No Evidence of Disease, after 10 years of fighting. This same time last year I was still recovering from a Lobectomy that excised one half of my left lung just two months before. December to January I went through 6 weeks of daily radiation and just last May had a major complex large lumpectomy with a free flap abdominal reconstruction. In between and till today I have been taking the hormonal drug called Lupron via a monthly injection.
To be N.E.D. after 10 years of fighting is definitely a milestone but the battle is far from over since I’ve already had 2 recurrences in the past. A major challenge is keeping another recurrence at bay and that is a complex problem that requires multi-factorial thinking. More on this on my next post.
– Victoria Ferro