Thursday, October 6, 2011

and the results are in

Thank goodness UCLA is quick with their turnaround of PET CT scan results or I would have killed someone soon. Yeah, I know it's only been 24 hours or so but still it's painstaking to have to wait to find out what's transpiring inside of Paul's body. The good news is that everything seems to be shrinking. The three largest liver mets (there are six total) have all shrunk significantly. The largest liver met was 69mm x 52mm is now down to 55mm x 30mm. Basically it's gone from almost 3 inches down to just under 2. The other two measured 53 x 36 mm and 37 x 34mm, respectively they are now 37 x 22mm and 26 x 33mm. The largest met in his lung did grow by a millimeter and now measures 10 x 9mm from 8 x 7mm but it's showing less FDG activity (meaning active cancer). This small growth in the cancer world is considered stability despite me freaking out about it. But still despite the one lung met slightly growing everything is shrinking and most importantly there are no new tumors!

The bad news is that the radiation really did a number on Paul's internal organs which explains the insane pains that he has been experiencing. The lining of his bowels are now thickened and inflammed, which explains a lot about the pain he is constantly in. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about it apart from wait to see if it calms itself down. In the meantime, we are still awaiting the approval for the Avastin and will continue with Xelox. At least for the most part it's good news so I shall have a drink in his honor. And yes, that smiley face above is an image from his CT scan of his lungs. I thought it was cute and more than appropriate.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


It's time for Paul's first PET CT scan since he was diagnosed. This will tell us if the cancer is responding to all of the treatment and will also let us know if the tumors are shrinking. The test itself is easy - fast the night before, no strenuous exercise for 24 hours before the test, then drink what Paul has named the "Pina Colada" drink, which in all actuality is some kind of contrast and then be injected with a shot of some radioactive isotope. It states in the directions that he's not to be in contact with any children or pregnant women for up to 12 hours. I guess screw the rest of us, but save the kids and the breeders. Now let the waiting for the results begin....