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PET scan results October 8, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 12:54 pm

My PET scan results are in, but a little difficult to interpret because they compared them to my last PET scan in August 2012.  Since then I’ve changed treatments and had 2 CT scans, so my doctor is going to ask the radiologist to try to compare my CT scan from June 2013 to the October 2013 PET scan.  For the moment, it looks like my bone mets are improved in my L hip and stable in my R hip, there are no lung mets, and some of the liver has improved.  All good news.  Three areas that we are trying to get more information about are a large liver met (7.5 cm) and two mets in lymph nodes, one in the chest and one in the abdomen.  Hopefully the radiologist can give us some clarification on whether those are new since June or just stable.  To avoid this confusion in the future, I’m going to have PET scans; they have the benefit of showing bones as well as the liver and lungs.


Otherwise, I’m fighting a head cold – congestion, coughing, and now fluid in my R ear.  What did you say?  I can’t hear you?  🙂  My doctor called in a Z-pak (antibiotic) for me so that should help.  I’ve also developed what I think might be mild neuropathy from the Halaven; numbness and achiness in my hands and feet.  This is pretty typical, but the doctor is going to check it out at my appointment next week.  Apparently the exam involves walking on your tip toes…


8 Responses to “PET scan results”

  1. Kathy Clarke Says:

    Good news and we look forward to the results when they compare the June 2013 results to the October 2013 PET scan. You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Feel better from the cold, this is crazy weather!

  2. All in all, good news I think. Hope the numbness will disappear when you have a break. And hope you´re getting over the cold. It may be quite peaceful if you don´t hear others talking, but you may feel lonely in a while.

  3. Aunt Amy Says:

    Good news on the improvements. Feel better!

  4. Shawna Says:

    Get your ballet shoes ready!

  5. Aunt Cindy Says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Sending a hug!

  6. Margie Says:

    It sounds like it is much better than the last time. I knew you should have taken ballet lessons -you would have been doing pointe by now & would definitely be standing on your toes! Hope you feel better soon! Love, Mom

  7. Jennifer Gilbertson Says:

    Ooops! Looks like your turn this week–doh! I just had a sore throat the last 2 weeks and lost my voice last week. Thankfully have recovered this week and just finished the antibiotic. Hang in there and it will pass soon. As always, thanks for sharing your update and remember that you are in our thoughts often. We love very much…Oh, and by the way, it seems that you are always “on your toes” keeping up with things, figuratively speaking, so taking it literally seems like a natural stretch! Best of luck and hugs to you!!, Jennifer & Family

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