Matt, you know that I do love Mayo Clinic and trust them, but as much as that is true, sometimes there comes a time to get another opinion and this may be the case. I broached the subject of a consult with another doctor....either at Mayo or elsewhere if my CC comes back, and he said he would facilitate that happening and do everything he could to get me in to see whoever I wanted. It doesn't mean you have to change ...to move away from Mayo....but getting another opinion or two may be a good idea at this point.
As to the abdominal scan.....it is my understanding that they catch at least part, if not all of the lungs with this scan. At least that has been the case in my abdominal scans at Mayo. However, since you've had a recurrence, I think you'd want to know what, if anything, was going on elsewhere in your body, to have a baseline in advance of any other treatment....to know that the treatment was working or not after the next scan.
Did they refer to the abdominal recurrence as an ascite?
I don't know about resecting the abdominal met. ......if in that location it is not possible?......or being to the abdominal wall, it means that it's likely growing microscopically in other locations already, so hitting it systemically makes more sense. I don't think it is possible that they could know the latter for sure....it's just a very educated guess. I personally think that in that case, it ought to be up to the patient. Heck, they make us choose on whether to do chemo or not, right?
I'm glad to hear that you've contacted Foundation One. That's a super idea to see if you can find a targeted treatment for your recurrence.
Take care, Matt. Let us know what's happening with this and what you find out. Maybe someone on here has some info about resecting this small regrowth.
"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.