Jan 05, 2013 - 10:02 am
Hi everyone - a bunch of old post were brought up last night by a spammer and many were lymph node posts which I hadn't found in my searches.
Kathleen I see your husband had peri-aortic involvement some time ago. I believe that is the same as para-aortic? My husband was diagnosed with rectal, stage 4 in August and just finished his 8th folfox - I think he's had 5 avastin treatments. He is stage 4 due to para-aortic lymph nodes that lit up on the first pet scan. Surgeon pulled a couple out and they were positive for cancer. He just had another pet scan in November and they are no longer lighting up. Wondering if that's the end of them or if they'll pop up elsewhere. Hoping when the surgeon did the biopsy he got the ones that were originally lit up and they are gone, but he was not certain of that. What has your husband had done to take care of those nodes and has he had any other issues since?
Also, wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a bone issue he's had. On the original pet scan there were some areas on the bones they were concerned about. The radiologist did a bone biopsy and it came back negative. When they did the 2nd pet scan in November and met with the surgeon about a week later and he said it all looked great - rectal tumor is shrinking and the lymph nodes are no longer lit up. We just saw the onc this week and she is concerned about more areas in the bones and is thinking of another bone biopsy. She was going to talk to the radiologist to see what he thinks, but she said there are areas that look like there are holes in the bones. His CEA is 2.0 as of this week. It was 9.4 I believe in Sept.