Mar 24, 2004 - 3:46 pm
My dad was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May 2002. He had surgery in June and July to remove everything (including one spot on his liver). Then, he received chemo (campostar) for 14 months. He received a clean PET scan in December 2003. In March 2004, his CT scan showed some spots on his liver and a spot on his colon (hepatic flexure - where his colon was reconnected during surgery). Brief Background - In April 2003, this spot on the colon was evident on a PET scan so the oncologist ordered a colonoscopy (completely clean - just irritated). PET scan in December 2003 did not light up in this spot. Now, this spot is back. Very weird?? Has this happened to anyone else. Now, liver surgeon says he can cut out or burn spots in liver and resect colon if necessary. According to the liver surgeon, if all of the cancer is contained in the liver, we are in good shape and still on a way to the five year mark because it is operable; however, if what is on the colon is cancer then we begin all over again. I guest my question is: Has anyone had a weird spot like this on their PET scan that turned out to be nothing? Liver surgeon said it could be an infection or something else. PET lights up other stuff besides cancer. Please advise!!