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PET Scan Results Inconclusive: Not the results I was hoping for

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My oncologist called with my PET scan results. Inconclusive. As we knew already, the tumor has shrunk. It’s down to 2cm (from 7cm, what the October PET scan showed), but most of that is dead scar tissue. However, the scan showed a couple “lights,” spots of living cells. Whether those lights are malignant cancer cells or harmless non-cancerous cells is unknown.

So we need to biopsy them. My oncologist is in the process of setting that up. Not sure what sort of biopsy that will end up being, but “least invasive” was the catchphrase.

If the biopsy turns up clean, we’ll continue with radiation. If it doesn’t, it means more chemo, possibly a stem cell transplant procedure, or both. We didn’t go into details. Apparently, the radiation isn’t to kill any last remaining cancer cells but to do some other sort of mop up only after all the other tests show zero cancer cells.

Inconclusive. Unknown. If.

Finding out you have cancer is like having the walls of your house suddenly come caving in on you, the foundation of stability and security you took for granted becoming just so much detritus. And the requisite uncertainty and waiting that seems to be an obligatory part of having cancer is like someone tossing bucketloads of granite and cement on top of it all while you’re trying to dig your way out. Yeah. We hates it we do.

I’m trying really hard to be optimistic, or at least hold off my meltdown until after the biopsy results. But it feels like I was just beginning to get my life back, just starting to find my footing as something other than “cancer patient.” And the prospect of having to go through it all over again makes me want to kick my feet, howl, and sob.

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On March 22nd, 2014 01:33 am (UTC), threeoutside commented:
I don't blame you a bit. I'd be on the floor in a full meltdown. I'm not good at waiting for things anyway, this kind of waiting is unimaginable. I so wish you didn't have to go through this. But at least the tumor has reduced significantly, and that's surely a good sign. Just know you've got friends thinking about you every day. ***hugs***
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On March 22nd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC), jimhines commented:
::Hugs::
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On March 24th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC), coronalrain commented:

I'm wishing you all the luck. and I say its ok to kick and scream occasionally.

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On March 24th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC), raidingparty commented:
Sympathetic "AAAARGH!"
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