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Hi Everyone--

I had my PET scan yesterday, which was a follow-up to the one I had in May, which showed some activity in my upper vaginal area. Well, I got good news--yesterday's scan showed complete resolution of the activity--it's gone! I'm very relieved with this news, as the SUV in the vaginal area was over 7 in May--higher than my anal tumor was on the staging scan 2 years ago. My doctors all felt that the vaginal issue was due to inflammation and apparently they were right. The rest of the scan, including the anal area, was clean. Whew!

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Hi Martha,

This is great news! I love to hear the good news, it gives everyone hope. Lori

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May it continue always!

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I'm so happy and relieved for you. Wonderful news. Prayers have been answered!

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Fran Chandler
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I am so glad you got clear results. Each time someone posts that they sre clean it gives us all hope that they are begging to get a handle on this sneaky cancer.
Good Luck and enjoy yourself.

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What awesome news Marths! Congrats!!!!!!!!

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Good news, Martha! I'm sure you are very relieved.


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Great news - so glad that you got a good report!!!


mp327's picture
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I appreciate your support so very much! I hope everyone has a nice weekend!


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That is great news.

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As we all know, I'm fairly new to all this. What is a PET Scan? I do know my docs have decided to go without the 5fu. I have an extremely rare condition whidh causes my an enzyme defiececny and therefor I got all those nasty side effects I aslo broke down and got a cane yesterday. After falling twice I realized I'd rather walk upright with a cane as oppoded to lying prone with broken bones. Good prayers to all. Melodie

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Hi Melodie--

PET scan stands for Positron Emission Tomography. According to a friend of mine who is a radiologist, a PET scan can sometimes pick up things that a CT scan cannot. A PET scan is performed by injecting radioactive glucose into the patient, then after a period of about 45 minutes to allow the glucose to go throughout the body, the scan is done. Since the glucose is attracted to cancer cells, the radiologist is able to see any areas of activity, which may indicate cancer. I am by no means an expert on PET scans, but I've had 8 of them in the last 2 years. I'm more of an expert at getting my finger stuck to check my blood sugar level then getting an IV for the radioactive stuff! :)

As for getting the cane, that is probably a very good idea if you are prone to falls. You certainly don't need any broken bones on top of everything else. Please keep in mind that radiation treatment can cause bone damage, which can make one more susceptible to fractures. After your treatment is completed and you've had some time to heal, it would be a good idea to ask your doctor to order a bone density test for you (DEXA scan) to assess your bones. I had one about 6 months after my treatment ended and found out I had osteopenia, the precursor condition to osteoporosis. I am treating it with supplements (calcium, vitamin D, magnesium) and weight bearing exercise.

As always, I wish you the very best. Hang in there!

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I'm so glad to hear of your fantastic news! I was getting somewhat discouraged the past couple of days reading some of the posts...more like anxiety - when someone is waiting for their test results to come back, I find myself almost holding my breath as if it was me that was waiting on the test results. Thanks for sharing such great news and giving me that assurance that there is hope!

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Thank you for your congrats. I completely agree, waiting for scan/test results is a time of high anxiety. We all go through that and I think we all collectively hold our breath for one another when someone is waiting. I will be at the 2-year post-treatment mark in a little over a month and this was the greatest news ever.

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so glad for you :)

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Thank you!

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