SKELETAL SCANS! – My Haloween Portrait?

SKELETAL SCANS! – My Haloween Portrait? 
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Hi,

I guess not many people’s blogs have a full frontal (Anterior) and rear (Posterior) picture of the blogger without clothes.

What a relief it is a skeletal scan rather than a normal photograph!

I gather this shows no signs of cancer in the bones nor signs of gross tumours elsewhere. It was a huge relief when I was declared ‘bone sound’! It is not a deffinite repriev but it is not the death sentence it might have been.

NEDM – No Evidence of Distant Metastases.

For the fuller write up of when the scan was done CLICK HERE

04-Apr-2011 – 10:10hrs? – Royal Gwent – Full Body Bone Scan
Be in for 09:30hrs. pick up bloods sheet from urology & see phlebotomy FIRST – the Radiography for the full skeletal scan on a machine quite like this:

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NOTE:
The shadow of the remaining kidney on the Right side.
The massive hernia to Left abdomen
The skeletal distortion due to hernia.
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NOTE:
This is the same Anterior image but on a ‘Pulse’ setting! Yeah, I’m not sure what the settings are/mean but when I find out I’ll add it in!
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NOTE:
The remaining Right Kidney shows up much better on this scan where it is closer to the back than front.
You can also see the spinal deformity due to the very visible Left side hernia.
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NOTE:
This is the same Posterior image but on a ‘Pulse’ setting! Yeah, I’m not sure what the settings are/mean but when I find out I’ll add it in!

 
On this setting various new things become visible – I’m not sure I will guess them right but I’ll have a go and obviously my hard core medical info. is subject to correction by someone who knows what they are talking about – rather than my semie informed guesses in this instance!
Mid thorax there is a puzzling anomaly which had everyone guessing for a while but after further XRays on another machine it was decided the strangely vacant area was probably some long past injury but was NOT thought to be cancerous, malignant or threatening (I got the impression no one quite knows what has caused it!
Moving down I believe that the ‘flares’ just above the bladder may well be Lymph Nodes that are enlarged, cancerous and necrotic (But I’m not sure!). I may be entirely wrong as on the previous pic. the two flares seem to be aligned with a part of the pelvis!
Then there is a ‘flare on the outer left of the bladder upper which would seem to be the uretal stump which has become cancerous and is the current primary that must be ‘zapped’ (Medical term for can we kill it before we kill the patient!!

CAVEAT & REQUEST!
Anyone who can throw further light on these scans on a professional basis in lay/patient language would be much appreciated.

Do please send me an ‘e’mail and I will OBVIOUSLY protect your professional identity if you so wish.

Thank you and I’m sure those reading this blog will appreciate any help you can give, particularly corrections and developement of my comments!
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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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06-Jun- 2011 – CLINIC – RESULTS & THE PLAN!

06-Jun- 2011 – CLINIC – RESULTS & THE PLAN!

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Hi,

Shortly after returning from the canteen our name came up and it was into Clinic with Dr. Lester.

Chatted for a few moments about having eventually got married after 26 years – he was quite miffed as we had beaten him as he had been with his partner for 23 years when they got married! He was originally a Londoner but has married a Welsh girl.

Anyway cutting to the chase:

Firstly he is surprised at how spot on my bloods are considering I’ve got one kidney, one adrenal gland years of cancer and buckets of chemo!!

He sees no problem there and is very pleased he has managed to so successfully trash my bloods every time with chemo thus starving the cancer.

Now for the scan:

Some good and some not so bad!

For the first time he feels he can, since I understand the limitations, talk of a cure.

Obviously this is NOT a cure of cancer but a cure of this outbreak and we then have a watching brief, if lucky, for the next return!

Even if we win this round it could be back in 3 months, or 3 years or if VERY lucky longer.

Caveat:

The tumour on the Uretal stump would seem to have shrunk by about 20% that is OK but not wonderful.

The Radiologist and he had conferred and they believe that the Lymph Node which was necrotic & cancerous seems free of cancer but due to deformation it is hard to be certain.

Schematic diagram of a lymph node showing flow...LYMPH NODE Image via Wikipedia

However it does seem that the Lymph Node on The Femoral Artery which was believed to be cancerous almost definitely isn’t and is, like apparently many lymph nodes, naturally deformed and NOT cancerous.   

So What Now & Why:

OK so the game plan changes!

Dr. Lester is relatively pleased particularly as the cancer HAS responded to chemo on the dosages he advocated but it hasn’t destroyed it totally.

The fear is now that if he ploughs on for the full programme as originally planned the cancer may well become imune to the treatment but the chemo will go on beating me up! I gather the aim is to kill the cancer before you kill the patient!

So we now give it one more round of chemo to ‘drive the nail home’ so to speak.

That is a day 01 which is on Wednesday 08-Jun-2011 which is Carb & Gem

Then the following Wed 15-Jun-2011 which is a day 08 with Gem only.

The next phase will be a schedule of 20 hits of Radio Therapy – 5 days a week for 4 weeks. But more of that later when IO know what the full game plan is.

Lester did say that the sideeffects are less punishing but that I am likely to be very tired during the last 2 weeks – Hardly surprising 80 Mile round trip to Velindre on the same boring bit of M4 every day!!

So that is the game plan so far.

I’m ‘fairly’ laid back about it – but then again what choice do I have! So it is best to not get wound up about it – laughing is always a good medicine and with all my various contacts and blogs I just don’t have time to be concerned! JUST SCARED 😉

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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

.
If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
.
Thoughts and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Right Sidebar.

You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help.
.
YOU are welcome to call me if you believe I can help in ANY way.
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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 – 62 65 62