Monday, July 6, 2009

Almost there

Background: my May 7th CT scan showed a residual mass of 4.3cm x 1.4cm.

I had a combination PET/CT scan June 25th. The CT scan showed a residual mass of 3.2cm x 1.2cm.

I believe the chances of relapse are much lower if the residual mass is less than 25% of the diameter of the original tumor. At diagnosis, my mass was 12-13 cm across (my CT report from Dec. 22 said 12, my PET/CT report from Dec. 30 said 13). 25% of 13cm is 3.25cm, so I'm right at that size.

The best news is the PET report: while I have "minimal residual uptake" of the tracer in the site under my breastbone, nowhere did I have high enough metabolic activity to be suspicious for active cancer. I believe this means I am in remission!

Next step: July 15th appointment with a lymphoma specialist. Topic of discussion: whether I should have consolidative radiation.

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