My mother was diagnosed with metastatic carcinoma left breast this January.
After six cycles of chemo TCH her pet scan was done. Everything came out clear. And then surgery was performed and the tumor was completely removed. Final impression of the recent most pet scan is as follows:
Complete metabolic regression of the left axillary and supraclavicular lymphadynopathy as well D9 vertebral lesion. No new metabolically active focus identified, suggesting good response to therapy.
Presently she is undergoing radiation therapy. Out of total 29 fractions 24 fractions are complete and the balance 5 fractions which include 2 fractions in spine will be completed by 19th September. As advised by doctors herceptin is being given simultaneously. Doctors have informed that herceptin will be continued for an indefinite period i.e till the time it protects her from any recurrence. I need your opinion on herceptin time duration please. My question is that will she remain disease free for the rest of her life?
Also she has been experiencing hiccups since the past 2 days for short time periods is that in anyway related to this ?