Aug 11, 2012 - 12:04 pm
I almost hesitate to post this with so much sad news here right now, but I know I have always appreciated reading the happy news so hope this will bring a little brightness to someone's day. Bill had his 3 month check ups this week at M D Anderson - PET scan, CT scan, endoscopy, and meetings with main oncologist and radiation oncologist. We were so afraid going in - especially the day of the endoscopy I was just throwing a complete wobbler and kept going to the bathroom and crying. I had read about scanxiety here at CSN but wow - i felt like i couldn't breath. Not sure why the endoscopy in particular panicked me so much - maybe because there can be somewhat immediate feedback. Anyway we are lucky this time round - the esophagus looked good and the ulcers from radiation had cleared up. Doc took some biopsies including one of a small polyp in the stomach and everything came back clean and no evidence of cancer. CT scan and PET scan were also good though showed a little increase in damage to the lungs from the radiation which they say is normal. I know from here (and our oncologist has told us the same) that there is a high chance of recurrence and that the scans don't always pick up everything, but for now we are good and get to come home and breath for 3 months.
All the best to everyone