Clarification on ‘targetted tumours’

28 Feb

When talking to the Oncologist yesterday I wanted to know why only four of the metastases in the liver had been targeted. These were all showing good reductions, but why hadn’t they targetted the others that show ‘no change’? I was informed that the radioactive spheres in liver targetted all tumours, including those outside the liver (hence my radio-active state for those weeks affected my whole body and others could not be too close to me)

It is merely a question of semantics with the physicians and radiologists. They have targetted the largest tumours to measure their progress. The minimal size of the smaller ones makes it too difficult to accurately measure them.

I have another CT scan next Tuesday and am hoping for more good news.

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Posted by on 28 February, 2009 in Medical


One Response to Clarification on ‘targetted tumours’

  1. Greg Bain

    28 February, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Thanks Doug, you’ve answered a question that was going through my mind. I suspect that, as in most professions (including mine), the radiologists sometimes miscalculate our pre-suppositions. In particular, they are usually focusing on what they see as the major items.

    For what it’s worth, I think you are doing a very good job of blogging!. I’m sure there are many lurkers who are being challenged by your honest faith, or encouraged, as I am.
    (Lurker = a person who reads online blogs, but does not actively contribute. Up till now, that was me!)


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