Friday, 22 May 2009

The Verdict

Back to the Royal Marsden today to find out the results of this weeks PET scan. When the consultant popped his head round the door and said "I just need to pop upstairs and see the radiologist, I can't make head or tail of his comments!', I immediately feared the worst. How difficult could "all clear" be to understand? Clearly its wasn't, so I was left hanging for a few more minutes. When he did arrive he still didn't really choose his words that carefully. "The report said the scan showed there was some activity.." Ok, that's not really what I wanted to hear. "...but the scan results were amplified so much that everywhere showed some activity and the activity was deemed to be no higher than normal tissue, so the radiologist has concluded its a negative scan". That's good news! I know he was only trying to explain himself but he really couldn't have managed to give good news so badly if he tried!

The upshot is that I do have a nodule in my right-lung but the PET scan doesn't show it as active. It could be scar tissue from previous surgery or there is a type of my cancer (differentiated teratoma) that does not show on a PET scan. The plan is to have another scan in 2 months to see whether there is any change in size and if so I'll be under the knife again.

More bloody waiting but such is life on remission. Today's news is the best I could of had so I'm grateful for that. Thanks to all who crossed their fingers (and toes) on my behalf and any inconvenience it may have caused!!

3 comments:

The Dude Abides said...

Nigel,

Hadn't realised you were in scare territory again but glad all is well and sincerely hope it continues. I think this calls for a celebration in the hills....

Anonymous said...

Good to hear the news, but we'll all still be crossing everything until your next scan in 2 months!

At least we've learnt to walk with crossed toes, crossed eyes is a different matter!! never had so many bumps and bruises!

Wishing you and your family well.

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting your articles...it so nice and interesting..just believe to your self and you can do it...wishing you a good health..


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