Mar 19, 2004 - 7:37 am
Yesterday, my dad got the results of his PET scan. According to the scan, he has two suspicious spots on his liver in the right lobe. He also has a suspicious spot on his colon. Last year, he had a PET scan in April, the PET scan showed a suspicious spot on his colon. He had a colonoscopy and it was clean. No problem. This spot appeared again the December 2003 PET scan. Oncologist did not even mention this. He told us the PET scan was clean in December. Now, this spot is still there. Oncologist is puzzled by this but not overly concerned. Has this happened to anyone else? As far as the liver is concerned, he believes it is operable but will not commit. He could only see one spot on the PET scan when he looked at it. That one spot is operable but he could not find the other one. We will have to wait for the liver surgeon to make the decision. We see him on 3/24. Following surgery (I know we will have a resection!!), my dad has to undergo six more months of chemo (oxil??) and some pill twice a day. My dad finished a year on Campostar in September 2003. What is the difference in these treatments? Has this happened to anyone else? According to the oncologists, 25% of people with stage IV colon cancer can be cured if they remain cancer free for 3-5 years. Well, we were one year shy of that date this year. He says my dad is still curable and we should be aggressive. I am looking for hope. Can anyone relate?