It occurred to me that I throw around these terms, but I’ve never taken time to really explain them in an organized way. I made a little chart that will hopefully show you how all this plays out over the weeks and months.
I refer to the whole process as a “round” of chemo, which includes four (sometimes six) cycles. Day one of each cycle is when I get the actual infusions (“chemo day”). The CT scan happens the day before, so they can see where things are at and have a reference point for later comparison. Later scans show what’s happening with the tumors, and help them determine how many cycles are called for. The final scan is sort of the report card at the end of the semester, if you will.
Anyway, I hope this clears up any confusion about how this process plays out.