Apr 21, 2010 - 9:02 pm
Got the results of the CAT scan taken Monday to show the effectiveness of the stereotactic radiation to my liver met. Scan showed shrinkage. RadOnc was happy. Said it was just what she was expecting and that it will continue to shrink for the next 4-5 months. Well that was the good news. Unfortunately, that was followed up with not so great news. When they did a PET scan in Feb. to see if I was a candidate for a resection, they noticed a thickening in the pleura of my left lung. The response was, this is of no real concern to us at this time. Well now that the liver has been treated it has moved up on their importance scale. It is about 2cm in size and I have been scheduled for a PET scan tomorrow and a consult with a Thorasic (?) surgeon on Friday. Dr. Hoffe (RadOnc) had already spoken to the surgeon and they decided he will do a VAC procedure to obtain a biopsy. This is apparently some sort of laproscopic procedure that will also allow him to look around while he is in there. Dr. Hoffe seems to think there is a good likelyhood that it is cancer. Anal cancer, new cancer, who knows. I am refusing to go there until I have to. Perhaps it is NOT cancer. So, that is where I am tonight. I am bouncing back and forth between being grateful for the success of the liver treatment to feeling like I am losing my breath with anxiety about the lung thing. I know you all can relate. I HATE feeling this way. I feel like I jumped back on that damn emotional roller coaster and it is out of control. I will get a grip, but right now, I am feeling very vunerable. Thanks for listening. I will keep you posted at things progress.