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May 24, 2007

Latest Cat Scan - 90% Good

My anxious week has ended. Cat scan was done on Monday and the Doctor visit on Wednesday. Overall the results were good. But first, the bad. I was shocked that blood tests from last week showed a CEA score of 28, up from 7. The cat scan showed there has been an interval increase in size of the lesion in the inferior right hepatic lobe now measuring 2.8 cm x 2.2 cm. It previously measured 1.8cm x 1.3 cm. The good news all the additional lesions are unchanged compared to back on January 8th. Even my kidney stone is still stable and hasn't caused me any trouble for quite a while. So, what did all this mean to the Doctor in my 5 minutes with him? The CEA is just one measurement and he doesn't see it as a big deal, or so he says. The one increase he does not feel is enough of a problem to start treatment yet. He hinted again at starting another round of chemotherapy before the end of the year. When we resume treatment we would probably go with only the Avastin, no more experimental drug. I'll do another cat scan in 2 months again and I would guess that might be the end of my break which I have come to appreciate and enjoy. But, who knows. He also hinted that there may be some new drugs toward the end of the year. The staff there said they miss me and since they just got some pretzels in they gave me a bag to take home. How sweet!! The rest of the radiology report is pretty much the same as always. Oh, I also have lost 3 lbs. which I guess is not a big deal except I'm trying to keep my weight up. Unusual for most people trying to lose weight. I guess this sumarizes the latest so will close and as usual say to you good health.

Posted by Robert at 2:08 AM