• Hello, I had my oncology appt. today...So confused,last scan showed cancer shrunk over 90%. Before radiation. Today I found out Ct scan

    Asked by sszafar29 on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Hello, I had my oncology appt. today...So confused,last scan showed cancer shrunk over 90%. Before radiation. Today I found out Ct scan

    showes several lynph nodes abnormal.Now I am really scared. Tomorrow already,going for bone scan and mammogram then for an ultrasound. Any other thoughts,other than the cancer spread to the nodes?

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    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      Your lymph nodes are one of the bodys main defenses against infection so it could be that they are battling an outside virus. Think back to the last time you had a sore throught and the glands on the side of your neck were swollen. Those were enlarged lymph nodes. Take a deep breath and don't let the fear take over. If it turns out to be something then you and your doctor will come up with a plan to deal with it. If it turns out to be nothing, that's great. Either way, worrying about it isn't going to do you any good. Try to focus on right now - not the "what ifs". Believe me, I know how hard that can be. But it will make you feel better in the long run if you can keep yourself from worrying. Take care my friend. *hugs* Jamie

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      First congrats on the awesome shrinkage. Cancer is so complex, and all the different tests (blood, bone, markers, etc) and scans (CT, MRI. PET, etc) can come back with conflicting results. Speak with your doctor about the results, s/he will be able to explain it in the context of what is going on with your unique case. If you still feel uncomfortable, get a 2nd opinion, I love my teams, but have gotten 2nd opinions every step of the way the last 3+ years. Just having someone else confirm my treatment plan was a great comfort, also the "consulting" doctors (as i call my 2nd opinion teams), have come up with ideas that my primary teams have used - such as getting genetic panels and sequencing my cancers.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      CT scans only see differences in density in internal part of the body. Cancer is more dense than normal tissue thus it shows up as darker areas. There are a lot of things that can cause a darker area, particularily in lymph nodes including damage to surronding tissue from chemo or radiation. When radioigists look at scans of cancer patients they look for areas that are consistant with cancer., but they can not tell if it is cancer without a biopsey to identify it is cancer for sure. In your case, with the shrinking tumors, I would think that your doctor would get a biopsey if possible to know for sure. A large percentage of cancer patients will have a similar experience with a suspect CT scan. Doctors are oten not very sensative to what patients feel when they hear the results and think the worst. At this point you should not worry too much. I know from my own experiences, that not worring is hard to do but at this point there is only a little inconclusive evidence that your cancer may have spread.

      If your cancer has managed to spread, it does not mean the worst, only that your journey will be a little longer. Even cancer that has spread can be treated and beat.

      For now just keep a positive attitude and things will be alright. Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      In a way this is similar to the old adage about being a little bit pregnant. There really is no 90% or 10% when it comes to cancer. It isn't really your cancer that has shrunk by 90% but rather the area of the primary tumor. All cells including cancer cells grow and divide. If any of them are picked up by your lymphatic system and transported to lymph nodes outside of the primary tumor, then will grow and divide there as well.

      But an abnormality on a CT scan can be a lot of things other than cancer.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Take a deep breath...... Do all the tests, scans, and exams the doctor needs for him to get a picture of what is happening. In the mean time, ask God to take your hand and lead you to where HE wants you to be. We have to trust that his will for us is for our Good. When I did this almost seven years ago with a diagnosis of Stage IV Ovarian Cancer..... He led me to today, to two little great grand children.. to a son getting married next year. I'll turn 70 next year... He'd already given the perfect husband to walk with us on our path. God will ease your fears... ask him to strengthen you... Go with God, and no one or thing can harm you. God Bless You!

      almost 5 years ago
    • izzysmom's Avatar

      I'm probably not the best one to answer this, but I had a lymph node show up AFTER treatment ended. The Dr. explained it away as it being a result from irritation from radiation. BEST of luck to you!!! Remember to breathe...

      almost 5 years ago

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