Nov 16, 2012 - 10:02 pm
I had a CT today. My gyn/onc said there is a "shadow" at the vaginal cuff that he thinks is scar tissue from all of the radiation I had (25 external, 3 internal). There was definately no tumor only thickening. I have had no symptoms. On the bright side, no other organ involvement seen and all lymph nodes looked normal. I was diagnosed 2b grade 3 but two nodes glowed on my first PET/CT but not on the second one (after chemo).
At any rate, we are going to do a PET/CT and I always glow somewhere on those. This will be my third one so I'm not looking forward to it. He tried to do a biopsy but couldn't get what he needed because the area was too "flat" and he would need to go much deeper. I was already uncomfortable, but tried to endure it. On physical exam he said everything looked good, but he noticed a very pale white line that looked like radiation healing or damage. I can't remember which term he used. He said he wouldn't even mention it if CT hadn't showed thickening.
He stated that he really does not believe this is a recurrence but you know how cancerhead goes. I was just wondering if anyone has had anything like this happen to you. I will have the PET/CT after Thanksgiving sometime.
Also, does anyone know the rules for FMLA? I used it a lot last year while on chemo and I know one of my coworkers donated over a year of leave to me (she moved). I have had to have more appointments than I thought, so I am burning up leave pretty quickly. Should my cancer appointments be covered by FMLA which would allow me to use dontated leave (contract) instead of my own? Just wondering. I will never have any leave of my own "in the bank" at this rate. I am so thankful that I have any leave, but I don't really trust the lady in HR. She hasn't been very helpful through all of this.
Thanks for any information and I think and pray for you all daily.