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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

And the results ... really aren't in

I really hate waiting -- especially for something as important as test results.

What's even worse is waiting after you receive test results. But that's what I have to do. The question now is how long of a wait?

Here's why:

Dr. Lee Zehngebot, the most excellent oncologist and iPhone user I can think of, said this evening after I waded through 35 minutes of phone-hold hell that my PET scan Tuesday found a "very small" anomaly in my chest. So small that doctors don't quite know what to make of it.

Dr. Z said he'd probably just have me wait three months and do another series of CT and PET scans. But he's consulting with other docs to see whether a biopsy would be worthwhile. I'll find out that answer on Monday.

The small mass may or may not be the 2 cm by 3 cm blob a CT scan picked up last week. I'm going to call Dr. Z on Thursday with a few questions I've come up with.

The mass picked up by the PET scan is located in the carina, which is the bronchial windpipe where the bronchi split into the two lobes of the lungs at the base of the trachea. (See diagram, courtesy of Wikipedia.)

"We don't know what it is," Dr. Z said.

Thus, my results that really aren't results.
So the waiting continues. Ugh!

3 comments:

Mandy said...

AAAAH! We do know what that is like. It can be torture! Good luck with everything. P.S. Found your blog on the Being Cancer Website. My husband is also dealing with esophageal cancer, only basaloid squamous cell type.

Keith W. Kohn said...

Hi Mandy,

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's cancer. I hope the blog helps a little. It's a different cancer, at a different location, but a lot of the crap he'll have to go through is similar. Please feel free to email me any time if there's anything I can do by way of answering questions or offering advice.

Best of luck,
Keith

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