The SOFT trial yielded the following results so far, announced Thursday morning:
- Among those who underwent prior chemotherapy (mean age, 40 years), researchers observed a 22% (HR=0.78; 95% CI, 0.6-1.2) reduction in relative risk for recurrence among those who received tamoxifen plus ovarian suppression compared with those who received tamoxifen alone. The decrease — which was not statistically significant — equated to four or five fewer patients out of 100 developing recurrence within 5 years.
- Researchers observed a 35% (HR=0.65; 95% CI, 0.49-0.87) reduction in risk for recurrence among those who received ovarian suppression plus exemestane compared with those who received tamoxifen alone. The decrease translated to seven or eight fewer patients out of 100 developing recurrence within 5 years.
Next, I pulled out the Bible--it has so many answers--could it have an answer to this question, "Should Heather get her ovaries taken out?" Hmmm....no, it doesn't have the literal answer to that question. But, I just wasn't getting an answer or peace either decision (to have or not to have them removed). So, I prayed again for God to make it clear to me and then I just opened the Bible. Here is what I read immediately upon randomly opening the Bible: "Do not trust in nobles, in man, who cannot save. When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground; on that day his plans die. Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever." (Psalm 146: 1-6). I could definitely take this to mean, "Don't trust in the statistics that man came up with as a result of this trial--God is in control of all things. He is your maker and knows YOUR body best." Was He telling me that He would let me know without a doubt when/if He wanted me to remove a body part that He gave me? Well, after also speaking to parents and talking through it all with Drew, I began to receive affirmation that this just wasn't the right time for the surgery. In fact, I am not sure if it will ever be the right decision.
So, I cancelled my surgery. I am still not 100% certain that the right decision won't be for me to have my ovaries removed someday. But, for now, they are staying in. Now, if Tamoxifen starts rearing its ugly side effects head again, it may be my only option. But, until that day comes, I am going to appreciate and enjoy the extra estrogen. :-)