Topic: Here we go again!
My first CT scans in February, following the resection in August 2006, showed new spots on my liver. I was referred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a PET scan 2 weeks ago (only 1 PET imager in the whole of Scotland!). Today, I was back in Edinburgh to meet Mr Powell, my surgeon and get the results of the PET Scans. Well the news was much better than I had feared. There are 6 spots on the right lobe, the same side that was resected, but no sign of any other cancer sites. I had convinced myself that it had spread to more sites and surgery would be out of the question. One word of caution from Mr Powell was that cells could have spread to lymph nodes and would not have been large enough to be picked up on the scan.
Anyway, the plan is that I will be admitted to Edinburgh on Wednesday (28th) with resection surgery on Thursday. This time Mr Powell plans to remove the whole of the right lobe instead of just a portion of it. If anything else is found during surgery then it may have to be abandoned. So, here's hoping! If everything goes well, I should be in hospital for a week following surgery.
Today we had a discussion about chemotherapy. The view held in the UK appears to be that chemo following surgery has not been shown to be beneficial and may cause more problems than it resolves. However, I am looking on it as a "belt and braces" approach and I think, given my history, Mr Powell agrees. We have agreed that, if surgery is successful and once I have healed, I will be referred to the oncology specialists in Glasgow to look at a course of chemo.
I hope to be able to give you an update soon.
All the best