PET Scan Results

Good evening every one!  We received the results around 530pm this evening.  I apologize for the delay in writing this post.  I wanted to spend some time with my family and enjoy their company.  The results weren’t impressive, but they are far from the worst news possible.

The tumor in my left lung has once again decreased slightly in its uptake of glucose (energy currency for cells – more glucose uptake, more active the cell).  It’s value was calculated to be 2.1.  The first SUV value before chemo was 4.3, and the last PET scan was 2.9.  The uptake was never very high, but to me any decrease in ANY number is a good thing.  As for the tumor in the middle of my chest, there appears to be no uptake of glucose.  We are very excited about this news, but will be hesitant in celebrating until we get confirmation from both Mayo Clinic and Sloan-Kettering.  Until then, we will just  be happy.

As for the size of each, the left lung tumor is about the same size or just a little smaller in appearance.  The discrepancy is due to the way tumors are measured each time (it’s hard to measure the exact same places each time).  As for the tumor in the middle, it appears to have decreased in size slightly.  Again, we will be hesitant in any excessive celebration until all three radiologists from each hospital concur on the scan.  The hesitation is due in large part from the results from the last scan.  The results were promising, but not as good as we first thought.

Please do not misconstrue our feelings on the results.  We are ecstatic it has not spread, no other lymph nodes are noted as abnormal, and no other organs or body structures are abnormal.  We can now breathe, formulate a game plan, and move forward.

The next step is our consultation with Dr. Okuno (oncologist) and Dr. Allen (surgeon) at Mayo Clinic this Thursday.  From our last phone consultation, we will most likely continue and finish up the last 2 rounds of my current regimen.  I am also overnighting the images from the scan to my other oncologist, Dr. Tap, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC.  After both facilities have reviewed the images, the plan is for them to consult with each other on Thursday and devise a course of action.

Our prayers are being answered but on God’s timetable.  The news could have been much worse.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support.  We will continue to need them for many months to come.  Thank you for all of your messages and kind words today (and always).  I have to stay away from my family for a few hours so the half life of the radioactive glucose goes down to safer level.  It’s a precaution I take on my own accord.  I love to read your messages while I am alone.  It gives me a feeling of being in great company.  Thank you!

I will update when we know more from the consultations.  Have a blessed and wonderful week everyone.  We love you all.  Make each day as great as you can.  Each day is a blessing.  Don’t waste them on negative and miniscule things. If you are angry with someone, forgive them.  If you are sad, talk to someone to ease your sorrow.  If you are happy, share your joy.  Trust me when I say life is too short.

Always remember you are never alone in this world.  I have learned a tremendous amount in our journey.  People are kind, thoughtful, and embracing.  Strangers will come to your rescue.   There is hope in today’s word.  I promise.  You have all shown that with your selfless acts and random acts of kindness.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   🙂  Have a great evening!

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13 Responses to PET Scan Results

  1. james dean says:

    What good news as I retire for the evening. As we continue to say, stay positive and keep that smile. Prayers are with all of you. Will be thinking of you on Thursday.

  2. Sending you continued love and support, Ryan! And a donation very soon! The check should be here any day from your t-shirt sales! I’m going to keep envisioning the tumors getting smaller and smaller. Maybe if we all do that simultaneously, the power of thought can help heal you. I’ll do my part tonight!

  3. Deb Robeck says:

    Praising the Lord with you! My uncle James Dean has alerted me to your website and I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  4. Leann Kirkendall says:

    I am in a weekly Bible study group here in Colorado. You are on our prayer list.
    I think you will be on several daily or twice-daily prayer lists.

    Thank you for keeping us informed and for keeping our thinking straight on the
    things in life that are actually important!
    from the Kirkendalls

  5. Matt Haigh says:


    My family and the family of Beit Shalom Fellowship are praying for you!
    Good news on the cancer being kept in check.
    I was in Proverbs this morning and thought this might also encourage you.

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    and lean not on your own understanding
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    and He will direct your paths.”

    Proverbs 3:6,7

    May your week be filled with blessings in the midst of trials.

    Matt & Lori Haigh

  6. Rachel Peters says:

    AMEN!! Tumors are smaller and have not spread!! God is great and as you said, its on His timetable!!

  7. Melissa Bemis says:

    Dear Ryan- Praise God for His guidance and wisdom for you, your wife, children, family and doctors during this time. I have not had the opportunity to be online very much as my lap top is no longer running, and I am working on getting another one. Please know though, that in my “online” absence, I have not stopped praying for you. There are many people here in NH that know about you, and the fight that you are in, and they call upon God to continue to Heal you, strengthen you and cause God’s perfect will for your life to be done. We know how much Satan hates us as Christians, but God’s love outweighs all of that and NOTHING can seperate us from that love that Christ has for us. I will continue to pray for you and your family and pray for wisdom and direction for your doctors straight from the Great physician’s throne room. It is so nice when you say that everyone’s messages uplift you, and you feel supported, but do you also know that YOU offer support, encouragement and a reality check and challenge to all of us? Every time I read one of your posts, I think about the little grumblings I’ve been making in my own life, and I realize, “Oh God, but I’m not fighting for my life..” You bring things into perspective. God’s got you and your family wrapped in His loving arms, and I am praying He will continue to use all of you in the Mighty ways in which He is, to be a testimony for others. Also, looking forward and believing for more good results and a clean bill of health so you and your family can enjoy life even more. Regardless, I know our God is awesome and “He knows the plans He has for you!” You are a King’s Kid, don’t forget that (not that I think you would), and we are struck down but not destroyed…. God bless you, Andrea, the boys and all of the rest of your family and friends. May God continue to show Himself in Tangible ways when you need Him the most. Sincerely, Melissa Bemis

  8. Renee Levasseur says:

    God Bless You and your beautiful family. God’s timetable is not the same as ours…but God’s is the greatest. He knows the plans He has for us. I found your new posting to be good news. God is the Great Physician. Keep your faith deeply rooted in Him. Thank you for putting my life and many others in perspective….you have given us this gift and I thank you. God is working through you. Enjoy your family and I pray for you every single night.

  9. Kathy says:

    You and your family are Awesome, I think the news is very good, God Bless all of you. My prayers are going out strong for You and Yours!
    Love Kathy

  10. Alli says:

    Great to hear for you and your family! You are all in my thoughts all the time…. I send my best wishes and hope you continue to get positive news!!!!

  11. Lindsay says:

    Great to hear that things are getting a little better. I am reading all of your posts and staying positive for you all. I love reading all of your positive and motivating writings. You are a very strong person.


  12. Grandma & Grandpa Davis says:

    Dear Ryan,
    Praise God that the cancer has not spread! That is good news. We pray for you and Andrea and the boys daily. May God continue to work through your doctors and treatments. May He bless you and guide you through this journey.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. We look forward to seeing all of you at the East Side Benefit.
    We send our love to all of you!

  13. Barb Lamb says:

    Hi Ryan: I am a friend of your Uncle Mark and Aunt Kathy. I am going to be helping our at the golf fundraiser and I’m also trying to get some foursomes involved. It is good to hear that your latest results are promising. I am a 4-yr. breast cancer survivor. I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care! Barb

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