Jul 12, 2013 - 10:37 pm
OK, I had my PET scan today and peeked at my results this pm. I have not talked to my oncologist and the report is very long, but, from what I can tell, here is the gist:
1) Resolution of liver cancer (remember last report had 231 cancerous liver lesions). Liver shows no increased glucose activity usually seen with cancer. Incredible!!!! :-)
2) Bones all have increased glucose uptake which radiologist believes is caused from neulasta-he sees no new mets there.
3) Lungs looks a little crappy. My right lung is unchanged (the one that had mets). Both have small pleural effusions and some possible collapsed lung cells (atelectasis). I believe (optimistically) that this may be a result of prior heart attack and effect chemo has had on my heart. Last week, I had significant edema (retained fluid) and shortness of breath. I called my cardiologist and he put me back on my ace inhibitor (heart drug) and edema is gone and shortness of breath is improving.
I am amazed, blown away by my liver results and, being a little Pollyana-ish, I will focus on those. My onc visit isn't until July 30th, but I will let you know if I hear any differently. :-)