Oct 07, 2011 - 4:40 pm
I have mets to the liver, and my latest blood labs from 9/25 showed improvement in my liver function since I completed my radioembolism treatments 8/26. So I was surprised when I started developing symptoms of liver distress a couple weeks ago (light stools, Tang-colored urine). Then the last 2 days, the whites of my eyes have been a very unattractive yellow. My oncologist is on vacation this week and I have an appointment with him Monday to review my latest CT/PET scan, so I just sent him an email giving him a 'heads up' that we might have something else to deal with when I came in Monday. His oncology nurse called me immediately and told me to come in NOW; she'd have me seen by someone else.
So I drove in for labs and an examination. My bilirubin level was 3.7, "high, but not dangerously high", but the oncologist who saw me today strongly suspects a bile duct obstruction and is working to set me up with a gastroenetrologist next week for an endoscope and stent placement. Anyone ever have one of those?
I FEEL fine. In fact, yesterday my 'yellow eyes' went to Red Lobster for lunch with a friend and 3 hours shopping at TJMax. Today when I got back from my emergency doctor's visit, I made and rolled manicotti crepes for hours, and plan to have the grandkids sleep over tonite after the family comes for manicotti. I know this is serious if it goes untreated, and I could have pressed for more immediate action, but I have so many plans for this beautiful weekend. Anyhoooo, I won't need a Halloween costume if these spooky yellow eyes stick around! What a day!
Anyway, the GOOD news of the day is that, although I won't have my oncologist's official verdict until I meet with him Monday, the doctor who saw me today said my CT/PET scan showed NO NEW CANCER SPOTS, other than the lymph nodes we already know about!!! I took 6 months off of chemo to have those radioembolism treatments on my liver, so I was really worried that I'd have a pile of new tumors on this scan. & although it is too soon after the radiation to get a reliable PET scan of my liver, the pathologist noted that early indicators look "remarkable improved."
So a day of mixed messages, and surgery within the next week. Never a dull moment!