Nov 23, 2007 - 2:48 am
My 77 y/o mom was originally dx'ed w/colon ca in 03..has had 3 recurrences...stage II the first 3xs and the most recent in 06, stage III w/node involvement. She started 2 cycles of chemo for two of the recurrences, both times the onc stopped it because she wasn't tolerating it very well. He said if she were younger, he could try something else. In July, for the first time, she had her first clear colonoscopy, however, last year a spot showed up on her liver thru ct, but not on pet. Did not do biopsy because onc feels the spot is either non-malignant or a scar/bruise from chemo and/or meds. She had another ct 6 mos later and the spot had neither increased or decreaed in size, which he felt was good news. Keeping an eye on this spot, he ordered another ct last month. They were unable to get the dye in due to her very small veins and in essence, the ct couldn't be read. He wants to do it again and she rescheduled for next month.
My mom says this is the best she's felt in 4 yrs...she looks really good and has resumed most of the routine things she used to do, however, she tires very easily.
Why did the spot show up on ct and not on pet? Her labs have been very good...she always has been anemic even before cancer and last labs showed she was not anemic. If her liver wasn't funtioning properly, wouldn't it show up in her labs? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.