Oct 18, 2013 - 11:07 am
I am not a cancer survivor but my father is. I hope its ok for me join this network. My father completed standard CT (Mitomycin-C + 5FU two cycles) + RT (60Gy/30 fractions on IGRT) protocol for anal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) for a 9 x 7 x 5 cm mass that had invaded his left posterior acetabular column ( left hip bone). Treatment finished on 30 August, 2013. We did first PET-CT scan yesterday (7th Week after the end of the treatment). It still shows a 4 x 3.6 x 2.8 cm mass. However, it is written that there is no demonstrable abnormal FDG intake in the mass. Dr. told us that this traslates to "Cancer is gone and this is just scar tissue".
I am having hard time digesting this fact. I hope to know more from the community here. Is there a cancer survivor out there with similar mass after RT treatment which turned out to be just scar tissue? What are the chances that the cancer has not gone completely and will be back in that large mass?
Thank you for your time,