As we shared in our last post, the liver function showed improvement and slightly drop in CEA, C125 & C19-9 tumour marker from GP clinic’s blood test.
However the blood test results at hospital is different. The CEA is stated high as 16.60 (which about the value as before surgery) and C19-9 showed increase too. C125 results is the same as the blood test we took at GP clinic. To the oncologist worries, the cancer cell has already spreading and caused the increase. Thus we were immediately scheduled for CT scan (Chest, abdominal & pelvic) last Friday. She advised not to rush for the reversal during this moment as my hubby might eventually need to go for chemotherapy. If stoma reversal is done, they need to rest the body for few weeks and thus will delay the chemotherapy treatment. We were confused for different results/trend that we got from doctor versus our own blood test at GP clinic. But still we are firm for not doing chemotheraphy. Opps, sorry.. No thanks.
So, we had our meeting today to discuss the CT scan results.
|Lung||Stable, small calcification in the posterior basal segment left lower lobe|
|Liver||Normal, Stable nonspecific 0.5cm tiny hopodensity|
|Gall Bladder||Right kidney is smaller than the left but contrast enhancement is symmetrical. This may be post-obstructive change|
|Peritoneal nodules||Nodular thickening of the peritoneum mainly in the right abdomen may be postsurgical change but underlying tumour cannot be excluded. Please monitor|
|Bowel||Posterior to the sigmoid colon is a 1.4 x 0.7cm hypodense collection superior to the anastomotic site. It is undetermined for post surgical change vs recurrence.|
|Destructive Bony Lesion||No|
Noticed some post surgery obstruction. Some small non-enhancing collection may be postsurgical change. However, recurrence cannot be excluded. Please monitor.
Our oncologist comment that there is NO significant tumour found for recurrence but the tumour marker is not normalized so she still suggested that we should go for chemotherapy. She then scheduled for next 3mths CT scan.
We chit-chat with her awhile talking about other stuff and then we left.
RELIEVED!!!! Waiting for the Scan results was a nightmare and we were overwhelmed by tons of uncertainty and worries. To be frank, we will not go for chemotherapy even today’s scan showed tumours or any metastasis. We will still continue to trust our body and power up our immunity army, I think our body needs time and it will not be back to healthy in just an overnight’s time. We will continue to wait for the next CT scan with the hope for the tumour shrinked or disappeared. Are we too rush in pursuing for “cure”? There is no “Cure”, everyone has cancer cells. We just need to balance up its growth. In fact, we are not rejecting conventional treatment but I think everyone should really think cautiously and give yourself sometimes before deciding the next treatment. Different cancers react differently. I just don’t buy the idea that the same treatment/drug given to all different cancers patients. Our medical oncologist comment that it will be an insurance for my hubby to do chemotheraphy. I think she is wrong. We are actually taking a very high risk for attempting chemotheraphy giving his health condition at that time even now. Also the pressure of rejecting chemotheraphy was an intense one. But we stay focus & listen to our body.
So our beloved cancer friends might start taking rest and hibernate. We thank to “you”, for decided to rest & please continue to rest and make peace with us.
Also to our Immunity army, we apologised for being overworked “you” over the past years without taking care of your needs. We are now learn to listen to “you” and lets stay strong together!