Jun 02, 2010 - 9:22 pm
We were able to hear back today about Dad's C.T. scan. Apparently, his oncologist takes Wednesdays off, so he talked with his oncology nurse at Kaiser Permanente. She read him the dictation the doctor had done, and it said " Tumor is demonstrated by a thickening in the distal esophagus." And then she went on to say that the scan reported no metastases that they could see. We were really happy to hear that, but unsure as to exactly what the rest of it meant. She said that the first scan he had was dictated by a different doctor at the hospital as opposed to this one which was interpreted by a Kaiser Permanente doctor so I am wondering if the Kaiser doctor even saw the 1st one and used it for a comparison? the nurse told us that when we meet with the surgeon for Dad's pre-op appointment on the 8th, he would probably be able to explain the scan results more, and I am hoping that we can also speak with the oncologist soon too and hear her opinion. My question is this...What does a "thickening in the distal esophagus" represent? Couldn't a thickening be caused by scar tissue from radiation, etc? Does that mean there is no visible "mass" or "tumor" ? I am so confused! Have the treatments made a difference or not??