Following the last blog about the anxiety before every scan being horrible (scanxiety), basically your life is balanced on a knife’s edge. Has it stopped working? Have they grown? Are they stable? Two weeks ago I received my CT and MRI scan results…
Well, one thing I was definitely not expecting was hearing that “they have shrunk”. I can’t remember the last time I heard the word “shrunk”, it must have still been whilst I was on my first line of treatment, so at least 2 years ago. Stable had become the best we could hope for, however this time round Dr Awesome only had good news to tell me. What a relief, especially as I’d convinced myself the worst news was coming because I’d had more pain, longer side effects, more sickness and my CEA markers were continually rising.
Fortunately, all these signs were not indicators and the scan showed my liver looked clearer compared to before when they couldn’t really identify much in my liver on the CT scan due to calcification. This time it was easier to see and although only by 1 millimetre each, 2 of the tumours had shrunk.
Why has this happened?? Potentially the radiation of SIRT is still working away and radiating the tumours. Or possibly SIRT is disturbing the tumours enough for the chemotherapy to be beneficial. The hope is that over the next couple of months it continues to radiate.
These results brought an absolute sense of relief for me (knocked 10years off me some might say) for a few weeks so I can enjoy Christmas and New year with my friends and family.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.