Matt, Darn...wish that we were more coordinated with our checkup appointments. My next one will probably be late Feb or into early March, depending on when they make the appointment and how weather cooperates for travel. My one year anniversary of surgical resection with clear margins will be Feb 28th this year...a month behind you. I'm quite sure that in another several weeks, I'll be having some anxiety creep in also. However, today, I had an MRI done here at home, due to a back problem....so I asked them if while they were reading the MRI....if they'd be sure to watch out for anything unusual that could be CC mets. They assured me that they look for anything out of order.....but....I figured that unless I mentioned iit, they might pass off something as not significant to my back problem. This wasn't done with contrast, so I don't know how much they'll be able to see of the type of stuff associated with CC. My main concern at the moment is getting my back issue (which has been on-going since the diagnostic process for CC back in early Feb 2014) diagnosed and fixed if possible. How nice to have something besides CC be my main medical concern. Go figure!
I'll have a meeting later this week, with blood labs with my local oncologist who oversaw the chemo. I must ask about the CA 19-9. That has never been drawn again since before diagnosis that one time. It was negative then...so maybe that's why they don't rerun it. But, I figure if the CC comes back...it's possible that a new location might run up the CA 19-9??????? Dunno! As I said...I need to ask. In fact, all of my blood counts were in the normal range before diagnosis....so the blood labs really only have shown issues that the chemo caused. Are you getting the CA 19-9....and was it elevated when you were diagnosed? I can't remember right now and haven't looked back on your messages....easier to ask you again. ))
Pretty much with you on the scan anxiety....fine for a month or two afterward...and then it builds until the next scan. Except, this last one was done the day after Thanksgiving, and I have to say I had a hard time with the lead up to Christmas.....very weepy for no apparent reason...and the smallest things would set it off. I still tried and did enjoy the holidays a lot.....so I can't say it was bad...but there was definitely something amiss. Once Christmas and New Years was over, things seemed to lighten up some. I have many good and happy memories of Christmas 2014 to look back on.......how can I not.....I have a 3 and a half year old grandson and another on the way. Life is indeed good.
I'm so pleased for you.....and hope to hear back great news from your end of January scan. Will be watching for your post. Happy Anniversary!!!!!
"Just for today, I can get through anything." Hey....I'm a cancer survivor, not a doctor. The opinions I state are my own, based on my personal experiences or knowledge. As always, talk to your doctor about your concerns and treatment.