What a bloody rollercoaster!
After a chest x-ray in March, then a CT, and two (negative) bronchoscopies including multiple biopsies...my Mom FINALLY had her PET scan last week on Wednesday.
Wednesday, we went to get the results.
We finally know that it IS cancer. The main tumor in her left hilum lit up (SUV max 8.8...whatever that means.)
But it appears from the PET that that is the ONLY place that appears cancerous (good news?). Nothing in lymph nodes, none of the other "stuff" from the CT scan lit up either.
I asked the doctor if that classifies her as a stage 1...he said no, because the tumor is very close to her pulmonary artery. He would guess her to be a 2b, or a 3a?
He said he thinks she may be a candidate for radiation only. He said normally, they would just take that whole left lung out, but because of her emphysema, she'd only be left with 25% lung function, so...not an option for her.
She will be referred to an Oncologist in Victoria, even though we still don't have a tissue biopsy to get the type. I don't know how long that will take.
SO, what I feel, is that this is the best news we could get...short of it not being cancer at all....am I insane for thinking this way??
Please share ANY and all thoughts you might have about what I've said...I barely know the meanings of what I've written!
That's my Mommy update for now, I know some of you have been waiting for this news...just like me
Thank you so much for being there for me, my beautiful friends....I love you!