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!