I have received a copy of the CT scan report and the news seems to be OK.
In its findings there is a comparison with the earlier scan of 15 February and I also have the report from the Jan 7 scan so I can make a further comparison to determine what’s been happening over the last 4 months.
Basically, all the metastases grew significantly between January 7 and February 25 (7 weeks) so they have been aggressive little things.
For instance one grew from 15mm to 29mm diameter – almost 100%. In the latest scan (9.5 weeks later) that one has only grown another 1mm. It is now 30mm.
Another grew from 17mm in January to 23mm diameter in Feb and but has also only grown another 1mm in the past to 24mm.
Another grew from 9mm to 14mm and is still 14mm.
The one in the lung has gone from 9mm last September (I didn’t know it could be seen then!!) to 11mm in January and to 14mm by 25 February. It has remained at 14mm.
Of course, these measurements don’t indicate if the meastases have actually been bigger since March and are now reducing, or if they have been stopped at the present sizes. The present measurements are 9.5 weeks after the Feb 25th scan they certainly seem to have slowed down compared to the rapid growth in the previous 7 weeks.
Also, significantly, the report states that there are no signs of metastases in any lymph nodes, spleen, pancreas, adrenals, bones or right kidney (there is a non-cancerous cyst in my left kidney that has remained a constant size throughout). In other words, the cancer does not seem to be spreading anywhere else in my body.
The conclusion of the Nelson Radiologist this time is “Stable disease”. Of course, I have not had this report commented on by the Oncologist yet and will still have to wait till next Monday (11th May) for the expert’s view.