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March 12, 2005

Popping Cancer Update: Getting Technical

The early news on my CAT scan was that things pretty much remained the same over two courses of chemotherapy.

Well, when we say "remained the same" we mean that the big growth remained the same, but has some friends who are now visable on CAT scan.

On 12-13-4, my CAT scan showed a single tumor, 5.5 x 2.8 cm in size.

On 3-10-5, a CAT scan showed that tumor is now 5.4 x 2.7 cm, which is actually a little bit smaller. This is good news.

The mixed bag is that two of the smaller bits that showed up on the PETscan are now big enough to be seen on the CATscan. Here I quote from the CATscan report:

There is a 2.3 x 1.6 cm left periaortic enlarged lymph node. No
other mediastinal lymphadenopathy is identified. An additional finding in the left lung is a convex late marginated nodular density contiguous with the left basal pleural effusion 2.4 cm diameter.

It's up to you to decide if this is good or bad news.

Can you tell the difference? (To be fair, scan 2 was done without contrast)

CAT scan #1:

catscan1.jpg

CAT scan #2:

catscan2.jpg

UPDATE: For fun, in the second scan, you can see the heart monitors attached at various places on my chest and in the upper right, you can see the catheter they put in. Fun.

Posted by Dan at March 12, 2005 05:18 PM

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...and I can see you need a haircut.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan at March 13, 2005 03:30 AM

If you had fur and a tail, I could probably read 'em better.

Posted by: Kimm at March 13, 2005 07:57 PM

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