From Rusty, with some editing for clarity by me:
Great news! Everything appears to be stable in my blood work and lymph nodes! My lymph nodes have not enlarged since the last time I came in, so I'll get lab work and a CT scan done again in 3 months. The doctor says there is a possibility that cancer could still be hiding in the nodes, but he says there's a higher chance that they are just a reaction to everything. But he/we will be monitoring closely!
The doc said some doctors report lymph nodes sizes differently, sometimes they're so small that they're "non enlarged by CT criteria", so on the last CT they may have seen it but said it wasn't worth mentioning. The lymph nodes going back to normal would be ideal, from what I understand! Because that would be a clear indication that they were just reacting and aren't hosting cancer. If there's no change in the lymph nodes he said he'd order another set 3 months later. Typically they'd wait another 6 months, but he wants to keep a close eye on them.
So our next prayer request: may those lymph nodes go back to the size of their brethren!
Rusty, and we, thank you for your prayers. We are grateful for your continued prayers.
Valerie and Nicasio