Well, another PET/CT scan is back. I am learning to hate these things. So far we have the radiologist report from Utah Valley but not from Mayo yet. I expect to hear back from them on Monday or Tuesday.
To be honest, the results were not what we were hoping for. First I should explain what a PET scan is. Basically they have you fast then you come in and they inject you with radioactive glucose and then have you drink something that I think is radioactive as well. Then you lay in a dim room for a while while your body uptakes the radioactive glucose then you lay on a table for about 2 hours while these scanners look to see where the glucose went. The idea is that cancer is a glucose pig and so more uptake is more likely to be cancer.
Well, the PET scan showed increased uptake along my right skull base compared to last time. This might mean that I have cancer in the skull base. That was the conclusion that the radiologists came to. In their words, "Likely metastatic disease around the skull base and soft tissue on right side" Having said that, the CT scan didn't show any changes. I can personally think of alternate explanations for increased glucose uptake.
We met with our oncologist yesterday, Dr. Wallentine. He is a fine man and I have a lot of respect for him. We are all worried, of course, but he wasn't anxious to jump to conclusions yet. He felt the same as we do, basically, let's wait and see what they think at Mayo before we jump to conclusions.
So, here we sit, worried and prayerful that other doctors will read the images differently. I know that tomorrow is fast Sunday for most of you. I would hope that you might mention my name to Heavenly Father while you are fasting. We are grateful for the prayers and faith of anyone who feels so inclined.
I wish we had better news.