I finished BR treatment in August, following five years of W&W. I tolerated the treatment easily and it yielded great results: my blood counts are shockingly normal and a bone marrow biopsy six weeks after concluding treatment showed just 6% CLL involvement, down from 90+% beforehand.
However, a CT scan showed that I still have several mildly enlarged lymph nodes, in the 2-3 cm range. My CLL specialist declared me in partial remission as a consequence of the nodes. He was very encouraging and said not to worry about it.
Nonetheless, I can't help but feel I flunked a test in third grade. I wanted a complete remission, not something partial.
Does anyone know if there is any clinical significance to the "partial" label in terms of expected outcomes? In particular, does this indicate a shorter expected remission time? Even though I tolerated the last round of treatment well, it wasn't fun and I'm not looking forward to the next one.