So I went in for my Herceptin treatment on the last day of radiation. I asked Dr.Hansen how we would know it was all effective. He had forgotten to have me go in and get an x-ray and blood work done after the final "real" chemo treatment, so he wrote me a prescription (order?) to get that done. I went in a couple days later and quickly got that taken care of.
Dr. Hansen's office called about a week later with the results. The office lady left me a message on my cell phone.
Wanna hear the results?
Are you sure?
No More Cancer!!!! I am officially in remission!!!
That's one message I don't want to erase, ever. :)
So, as it stands, I keep doing the Herceptin treatments every three weeks until October (so that I've had it for one full year). Then come November or December I can get the first reconstruction sugery done (there are usually three reconstruction surgeries). I'll have mammograms on the remaining "real" breast every year, probably for the rest of my life. And life will move on...