My Carleton classmate NA has been undergoing treatment for cancer over the last few months. At her latest exam the doctor (A cancer specialist) said:
....he sees "NOTHING"! No tumor, no lymph node involvement, no new bogies!
He's a surgeon so you just know he wants to slice and dice ... but he's going to see me again in six weeks (the radiation's still at work for a few more weeks) and then six weeks after that. Somewhere in there he may do a biopsy, depending on what I'm doing with my blood thinners. He says there's no reason to talk about surgery for months, in any case, and possibly never!
....We're not out of the woods yet, but the path we appear to be on is a pretty one inhabited by lots of lovely living things. Including ME! <grin>