I had an oncologist appointment today and the good news is that there was no news. It was a "non-event" (even my blood pressure was normal) and I am now on the "every 3 month" schedule for the next 2 years.
I have a copy of my 3D QCT Bone Mineral Densitometry Report from last month. I had to do a little research to see what all the values really mean. So first, the QCT is an acronym for quantitative computed tomography. It's different technology than the usual DEXA scan. Here is a link to a sample report that looks just like mine:
My spine bone density value is 153.4 mg/cm3, with any value about 120 mg/cm3 indicative of normal bone density. So far, so good!
My T-Score is -0.58, with -1.0 being the bones of a 30 year old. So my bones are better than a 30 year old. More goodness.
And my Z-score is 1.81, which is also good news.
"The Z-score compares your bone density to that of other people of your age, sex and ethnic group. A negative Z-score means your bones are thinner and weaker than those of people similar to you, and a positive number means your bones are stronger."
I don't have to worry about osteoporosis at the moment. I am still working on raising my Vitamin D level up to 70-80. I was tested in June and I was at 45, which is OK. But I had just come back from a very sunny two weeks in Hawaii. I expect that my levels would have been lower if the test were done at the end of the long dark winter, say...March. Hopefully the calcium and D supplements will do their job and raise my levels to where I'd like them to be. Femara does cause bone loss, so it looks like I have some "reserve" to stave off the side effects for now.
By the way, I think it's a miracle that my bones are this good. I have never been a milk drinker and I'm not big into exercise other than walking. I've never taken calcium supplements unless you count Tums for an upset stomach ;>)
It's all good!