Oct 24, 2013 - 12:01 pm
Well, I was really hoping for an "All Clear" but I guess it wasn't meant to be...
The MRI, CT Scan, and CEA level were clear (e.g. N.E.D.). My CEA continued to be under 1. But the PET scan shows uptake on the outside of the colon, near the rectom (spot where the original colon resection was done). The last two PET scans (1/15/13 and 3/21/13) also showed uptake in this same area. At that time the doctors were more concerned about the liver Mets and didn't worry much about the PET scan results. They seemed to write it off as surgical healing. I also had a colonoscopy done this past March and it showed all clear; however, the uptake is on the outside of the colon so the colonoscopy would not have seen a tumor on the outside of the colon wall.
The next step is to have an Endoscopic Ultrassonography (EUS) done on Thursday Oct. 31. If the Ulttransound shows a growth they will also do a biopsy.
If it turns out to be cancer I will require another surgery. Also, given the location of the possible tumor I may end up requiring a coloscopy as well.
It doesn't seem like I have had any breaks during my battle with crc. It's been one thing after another. Just finished 12 rounds of FOLFIRI and Erbitux and I was so hoping for NED. I did deal with constapation, diareha, hemroids during the chemo as well, but these issues seemed to go away after the chemo was stopped.
I really am frustrated with cancer! And I feel like curling up in a ball and disappearing. The worst part of all this is telling my kids the results.
down in Detroit,