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jtebo1955
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I had a PET scan last week and my appointment with Onc Dr isn't til Friday. It was driving me crazy so today I went to his office and asked for the report. They didn't really want to give it to me but did. I read and everything seems ok except the SUV increased from 5.6 to 9.1. Now I have no idea what this means but it suggests an scope to be done to rule out recurrence of the EC. I'm pretty worried at this point.

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paul61
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Judy,

Not really being knowledgeable of ranges of SUV results; I did some internet research and one of the things I get back is that SUV ranges can vary widely for a number of reasons including variation between equipment. They really suggest that without the interpretation of a medical professional who is trained in reading pet scan results the SUV is just a number. SUV levels can increase as a result of inflammation and and are notoriously higher in areas where surgery has recently been performed. I would suggest it is not time to be worried until your oncologist tells you there is reason for concern.

I hope the week goes by quickly and you find when you reach your oncologist's office it is just a variation between equipment or expected changes as a result of surgery.

I will be sending positive thoughts your way on Friday.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
Grand Blanc, Michigan

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

jtebo1955
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Thank you so much for your reply, I feel much better! I'm staying busy this week and hoping it goes by fast too.

I'll update after my appointment,
Judy

jtebo1955
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Hi Paul,
Just wanted to give you a quick update. I seen Onc Dr last week, he wasn't real concerned about the uptake, said could be inflammation as you said. He ordered a endoscope today and they said everything looked normal. So that is good news! He did mention if I was concerned I should get the ultrasound endoscope to see if the problem is outside the esophagus. I swear, no peace of mind anywhere to be found these days. Anyway I'll give that some thought. But until Jan.( next pet ) I'm going to put it on the back burner and enjoy life for a bit.

Thanks for always being there, Enjoy Your time away from Michigan..going to freeze this weekend.

Judy

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paul61
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Judy,

I am glad to hear that your oncologist is not concerned. I think there is always another test but I would be inclined to follow his recommendation and wait until January.

I understand it is getting cool up there already so I guess we came back to South Carolina at the right time.

I always liked October in Michigan though because the trees are so pretty.

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
McCormick, South Carolina

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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