Dec 24, 2004 - 5:57 am
hi all, read every day, but don't often respond. Mostly because i feel i have little to add to the conversation (you guys are all just so darn knowledgeable;-) However, i just got bad news and am looking for encouragement. Diagnosed with rectal cancer july 2003. Chemo/radiation followed by surgery (including temporary ileostomy), more chemo and finally reversal of ileostomy in Nov 2004. Thought that was the end of it. CEA done in dec 2004 up to 7.7 from 5.5 in (oct 2004). Cat scan now shows several lung nodules, less than 1cm in size. Oncologist is going to confer with radiologist to determine if biopsy possible. If not will have pet scan. what can i expect if this turns out to be mets. I am expecting that to be the outcome, since i have never smoked, so doubt they will end up being benign calcifications. Healthy 48 year old til all this happened! Definitely overwhelmed as is my poor husband! Haven't told my 20 year old daughter about all this. Waiting for more definitive dx and for the end of the holidays. any info will be greatly appreciated.