Topic: MRI results...mixed bag
Went in for fluids since I am having bad diarreah again and talked to my doctor about my reccent mri. Results are mixed. The diffused area in my liver that they cant tell if it is cancer or not has grown. There has been no shrinkage in the large grapefruit sized tumor. Good news...the lymph node that was cancerous no longer shows up on the scan. There has been no spread and no new areas of concern. There is no cancer in the blood vessels that feed the large tumor which means there is a bigger chance at surgery. I will find out about surgery possibly next week.
The doctor also ordered an ultra sound with contrast to evaluate the liver again to check on the "diffused area".
My doctor sounded positive about the results and there does seem to be a possibility of another surgery. She said if I had surgery, they would go ahead and remove the Diffused part of the liver.
I am at once hopeful and disappointed. I wanted shrinkage so bad. We discussed changing my chemo from xeloda to gemzar but she doesnt think we should change it yet, she wants to give it more time. But she does seem hopeful about surgery, which makes me happy. I am confused as I thought I needed my tumor to shrink before surgery, but now I dont know. I will go in again on monday for more fluids in an attempt to keep me hydrated enough so I dont have another week long stay in the hospital. Hopefully we will have word about surgery then. Think good thoughts!
36 year old patient with buckets of hope