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"Grossly Normal"? - PET Mostly Clean

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Pam M
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Add another to the "three months out" club.

Got my results today. Started late October 2009 with base of tongue stage IV - two nodes involved, one huge, one slightly enlarged. Did Induction Chemo, then rads with concurrent chemo.

Tongue is clean now (per CT and PET - "no significant activity"). Formerly huge node is a non-issue. the "small" node shows some activity, and is still slightly enlarged, but smaller. SUV was 9 - is now less than 2 (considered in the range of normal). PET shows "no evidence of metastatic disease".

Doc says he'd consider me in remission, but we have to watch the node, and I have to see a doc (rad, onco or ENT) once a month for the first year. Also have to have another PET when insurance co will permit.

So, I'm happy, but still have some concern - same as everyone else, I guess.

On a high note, my GP did blood work yesterday, and I now have normal range readings for my formerly high triglyceride (from 310 to 156) and A1C (was considered diabetic at 7.1, now 6.2)levels. Also, at three and a half months out, I'm just very slightly anemic.

Oh, and I found out that metabolic activity in my brain is "grossly normal" - I'm showing my family that report.

Do well,


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D Lewis
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Congratulations on the finding of "no significant activity" and on your "gross" normalcy! Your results sound about par for the course, for a 3-month scan. I've already been put on notice that I'll be seeing one doctor or another on a monthly basis for at least a year...

Now, get out there and have some summer fun!


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Kent Cass
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Ah, yes- and I thought I was the only one who was grossly normal, or viceaversa! Good to hear, Pam. Stay Positive, girl.


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Glad to hear your Scan was good.


miccmill's picture
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Congratulations on your scan.

There's been a lot of good news here lately. We'll add your grossly normal to the list.

It's very encouraging for those still in treatment.

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Good For You!!Keep going !!!

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Great news Pam, glad that everything is in good shape!!!


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Glenna M
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Congrats on the clean scan. Love hearing about others who are doing so well.

Re- "grossly normal" brain activity - I don't want to know what mine is as I am sure it will give my family a good laugh - again ;-)

Stay well,

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I am so happy your news was positive. I love your attitude.

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Pam, very happy to hear your good news. IT is always good to hear positive stuff. I wish you the best and will pray you continue to be in remission and cancer FREE!!

staceya's picture
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Congratulations Pam- I was thinking about you!!

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Pam M
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Thank you all for your support. I don't have to tell you what it means to me - I know you know. Good thing - I'm not good with talking about feelings (but notice I do at least try much more often now).

Do well,

- Pam

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I've been outta town for awhile but just saw your were grossly normal! Congrats!!!

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Congrats on all your good news today. It certainly picked my day up and made me feel better. Thank you for sharing your excellent news. I know hope lives on for all of us.

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