Jan 17, 2013 - 9:41 pm
I previously posted that I went in for various tests prompted by rising CEA levels. My oncologist ordered a colonoscopy, PET Scan, and MRI of the liver. The original CT Scan showed all clear (clear lungs, liver, etc.). The PET scan showed all clear with some uptake near rectum. The colonoscopy showed all clear. The PROBLEM is that the MRI shows two "small" tumors. One of the tumors is 3.2 x 1.8 cm and the other one is 1.8 x 1.2 cm.
The MRI report also says "There are multiple foci of restricted diffusion in both hepatic lobes which are not definitely seen on the post-contracts sequences. My onc said the MRI image was affected by breathing and another MRI may be required. I'm wondering if these "multiple foci" might also be tumors???
So, the next steps per my onc was for the "Tumor Board" to review the MRI results and make recommendations. I'm going to find out what the Tumor Board thinks next week. Per the onc, the possible next steps may be:
1. Surgery (if operable)
2. Another MRI (if determined needed)
3. Chemo (folfiri and erbitux) and a future surgery after shrinking the tumors
4. Chemo alone if tumors are not operable, to shrink the tumors and slow the growth
Also, my CEA went down from 40 on 1/2/2013 to 20 today. However, this hardly seems like a victory right now. I'm trying to look at the good side... At least they found the tumors. And they might be able to surgically remove them. But to be honest with you all I feel discouraged and sad right now! I went directly from Folfox/Oxaliplatin chemo to more tumors to deal with... No break/remission for me. :-(
Thank you all for your support and encouragement!