Nov 11, 2012 - 3:42 pm
In March, when I had scans done in anticipation of chemo and then radiation thereapy, the CT scan showed two or three tiny spots in the thoracic region (lymph nodes), but not in any organs. The spots were too small for a PET scan to give any more information about them. Both the oncologist and the radiologist decided to go ahead with chemo, as planned, and do another CT scan after I finished chemo. The radiologist told the oncologist that sometimes these do appear, and they do not mean that there is a problem. The surgeon wondered why they thought it might be related to my surgery. Oh, well.
The end of July I had a follow up CT scan. No change in the spots, which was a good thing for two reasons:
Before my oncologist wants to give me the ok to have my port removed, he wants one more CT scan just to be sure nothing has grown. That will be some time the end of this month, as I meet with the oncologist December 3.
Has anyone else had a similar occurrence? I'm not worrying about this, but I wish I could know of others who have had similar spots and what the verdict was about them. I have done a search on this discussion board and come up empty.
Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of the death of one of my best friends. She had breast cancer initially, but eventually it spread to other areas. (Her husband, a good friend of mine) says that he does not think that they went after this disease as aggressively as they should have. (She had a single mastectomy and chemo. That was it.) Hindsight causes us to second guess ourselves. Who knows what was being suggested 10 years ago for treatment of the disease. She did chemo again, and she tried some other things the last time around; but eventually she came to the conclusion that nothing was going to change. She was ready to give up the fight and be freed from her pain and disease. She was an eight-year survivor.
It was hearing my friend's voice in the back of my head lot athat prompted me to make an appointment last November to have some possible problems checked out. I did have a problem. (Initially I was going to wait until at least spring before doing anything.) Since then I have had surgery (Feb.), chemo (Apr-Jul), and radiation (Aug-Sep). I am now doing hormonal therapy.
It added to the weirdness of it all to think that I was/am dealing with the same disease she did. My hope is that my steps in dealing with it have been such that I don't get it back elsewhere, as she did.