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Friday, January 4, 2013

Pre-Chemo Scan Results


Mom got the results from her bone scan and CT scan. Her bone scan looked pretty good. There was a slight "lightened" area in her right upper arm and a small spot on her head, but it was not conclusive and needs watched.

Her CT scan showed several "questionable" areas that will be followed clinically and by scans. She had been feeling a "fullness" in her neck in the back on the right side. This turned out to be a 6 cm (2-1/2 inch) tumor growing that extended from the base of her skull to the top of her spine in the neck. They are hoping that the chemo will shrink this, but it is possible they could do radiation if it does not shrink fast enough.

There was some fluid found at the base of her left lung (a trace amount) that again will be watched both clinically and on scans. They are uncertain that this has to do with the cancer, but bears watching.

There were numerous new "seedlings" as they called them growing in her abdominal area (several tumors that have popped up). This could possibly be the pressure that is causing the kidney problems and the need for stents. It is hoped that the chemo will shrink these to ease up on some of the pressure in her abdomen.

Her liver looked clear, but one of the drainage ducts looked to have a "thickened" wall and possibly some mild dilation of that tube behind that thickening. This could also be cancer and it will be closely watched.

The nodule on her face also showed up in the scan, but without biopsy, they cannot be certain whether or not it is cancer.

They want to get the chemo started as soon as possible, so she will start treatment on January 8th and 9th and then again three weeks later. They will then do a repeat scan to check the progress.

-written by Aunt Barbar

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