• Stable?

    Asked by Carol1211 on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Stable?

    I went for a CAT scan this week and the Dr. has informed me that everything is stable. Don't know how to take that answer.

    19 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I hate vague answers. I like to ask more questions to make them go in depth a little more.

      over 7 years ago
    • Carol1211's Avatar
      Carol1211

      My Nurse Practitioner is on vacation until 10/3, she is usually the one I talk with. The Dr. runs around like a chicken with his head cut off lol. I'm thinking about calling him back & asking some questions.

      over 7 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar
      alimccalli

      I would ask for some elaboration on that statement. It really doesn't tell you anything. Stable is way to vague...could mean to many things.

      over 7 years ago
    • Carol1211's Avatar
      Carol1211

      I agree alimccalli.

      over 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I'll take it as a good thing. It seems to mean that nothing is growing or just grew a little bit.
      You know.....the glass half full and all that.
      It sounds GOOD TO ME....it could have been the other way....Enjoy the news and let it be. Have a great day today.

      over 7 years ago
    • MamaRobina's Avatar
      MamaRobina

      I have a rule..MY body/My information and I have a right to all of it. If I don't get the information I need, I ask again. My question would have been, "what does that mean? Stable in what sense?" I wouldn't hazard a guess as to what he meant. I would want to know exactly what he meant. Call his office, ask to speak to his nurse, but INSIST on YOUR information. Maybe I've been around so long I have learned not to take vague answers and less than straightforward consultations as the final say.

      over 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      Call and insist on answers. Normally, when a patient is stable, it means no serious crisis at the time. That's not the same as healthy.

      over 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I agree with cam....BUT The Docs and their drugs don't make us healthy WE DO by what we put in our body as food. Don't eat the Poison Disguised as Food that they market to us and our kids.....it's making everybody sick and them rich. Big Food is making us sick and Big Pharma is finishing us off and they are all laughing all the way to the Cayman's Island. UGH!

      over 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I would be pleased with a report like that. It says to me that your tumors are not growing or spreading. I hope that's true!

      over 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Carol1211, do they not give you a copy of the radiologist's report after your scan? At the same time as you are asking for clarification or more information, I would also be requesting a copy of the report. Even if you don't totally understand it, it will have information in it that could be important.

      over 7 years ago
    • 2bbcontinued's Avatar
      2bbcontinued

      Yeah, or all along have been using the word good then last time used the word "stable." Simple thing, but...

      over 7 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      I take it as a positive report! Congrats...

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      IT’S GREAT! I’m stage IV as well and stable is good, very good! It means that you have the cancer under control and that it isn’t progressing! YAY! Go celebrate!
      I know that obviously it is better to hear that it is going away or NED, but is sometimes impossible with a stage IV diagnosis. :-( Sometimes it is possible however, so don’t think that the next new thing around the corner can’t help you, because possibly it can and will! I have known stage IV patients personally in my support groups ( not online ) that have gone NED. And I have known others personally who have been stable for years, decades even! I’m stable myself and happy about it!
      Good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • deSmile's Avatar
      deSmile

      Stable is generally a good term however, you do not seem content with it. Give your doctor a call and ask him to be more specific.

      over 7 years ago
    • Carol1211's Avatar
      Carol1211

      Thank you for your input everyone! VERY much appreciated! Lilymadeine - CONGRATS!! LiveWithCancer, no I don't get a report, but I'm going to start asking - thank you.

      over 7 years ago
    • Beeps' Avatar
      Beeps

      Very thankfully, this is what I have heard after each 6 mos. scan. Stable= no significant or notable change! For me, this is great news!

      over 7 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Ask questions, and get a copy of the radiology report that will describe exactly what they saw. I'm guessing stable means they didn't see much change if any since the last time, which is good.

      over 7 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar
      kelley_gleason

      In my world, stable is a good thing. Means no changes to the tumors I live with.

      over 7 years ago
    • Beeps' Avatar
      Beeps

      Lilymadeline... Maybe a dumb ?... But what is NED?

      over 7 years ago

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