Best Christmas Present Yet: Results of PET Scan taken 12/8/2010

This really was an excellent report. Flash got hearty congratulations from the Line Pirate Ship here, he has done an amazing job. The report reads as follows:

Ordered Procedure: PET CT Whole Body

COMPARISONS: 04/05/2010

TECHNIQUE: 15.45 mCi of F-18 FDG was injected into the left wrist and
PET/CT is performed from the skull base to the midthigh. Blood glucose was
87 mg/dl prior to injection. Image acquisition commenced 60 minutes
following FDG injection.


NECK AND THORAX: Further mild decrease in size of large mass base
right-side of neck extending to supraclavicular and right axillary region.
Maximum SUV is similar to previous exam measuring 2.8. No hypermetabolic
lung lesion. No hypermetabolic mediastinal or hilar lymph nodes.

ABDOMEN AND PELVIS: Mildly hypermetabolic mass anterior-medial to lower
pole right kidney is smaller with decreased maximum SUV 4.2. No lesion in
liver. Physiologic activity in kidneys, bowel, bladder.

BONES AND SOFT TISSUE: Decrease in hypermetabolic subcutaneous nodules
with maximum SUV 3.8 for subcutaneous nodule posterior neck. Decreasing
hypermetabolic activity in upper thoracic vertabra with maximum SUV 3.4,
decreasing hypermetabolic lesion laterally left iliac crest with maximum
SUV 3.9.

1. Decreasing metastatic disease as discussed above.
2. No new lesion identified.

More news: The new onc, who shall henceforth be known here as Prince Baron, heir to the kingdom of Mongo, is super nice. I’m looking forward  to working with him. I will miss Flash, but have a feeling we’ll be seeing him again.

Chemo #17 (just the premeds and Taxol) was very smooth today. All the bloodwork came out on par as well.

Okay, final tumor marker numbers of 12/3/2010 were CA27.29 of 611.9, and CA15-3 of 535.5, the best those numbers have looked since early in 2010.

The plan is to keep on the same track until we have evidence that Taxol/Avastin isn’t working, the FDA strips Avastin from the breast cancer protocol such that Medicare will no longer pay it, or we see a trend in the numbers other than down. We’ll stick to secondary chemo in that case (probably Doxil), but I’m hoping I can continue to stay on Taxol. Taxol seems well-tolerated by my system.

Joule Watt


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