SCAN RESULTS AND NEXT STEPS

My last post mentioned the need for a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis, and a bone scan. These are required following elevated PSA, to find out what is happening and where, so that we can decide what to do.

Well, there was nothing spectacular.

The bone scan shows no change from the scan in February 2018 before chemo started. So the cancer is still there, but asleep.

The CT scan shows pretty much the same, except for an increase in size of a tumour “surrounding and descending thoracic aorta”. It was 41mm x 35mm in October 2018 and is now 53mm x 48mm. Here is the culprit.

So…….this may explain why I lost my voice for four weeks in January and for five weeks again now. Investigations now need to be conducted by an ears, nose and throat specialist, and I am booked in next Tuesday for this.

Otherwise, I gave up the anti-depressants after one month. I was sleeping well, but was way too tired during the day. We did source medical cannabis, and I have been taking this for a couple of weeks. No real issues yet. Starting with small doses and working my way up.

I have been pretty stressed by all this and will probably struggle until I find out what it all means in terms of treatment.

More updates to follow. Cheers, Phil

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12 Responses to SCAN RESULTS AND NEXT STEPS

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    It sounds like such a roller coaster ride, Phil, and at times must feel surreal.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thinking of you as always. Hold on to that strength of yours.
    Love Lesley

  3. Martin Cooke says:

    Phil, you’ve just recently looked at my blog and started following me – many thanks! You’re a fellow Aussie and so much of what you’ve written I relate to. Looking forward to more adventures from you, cheers, Martin

    • philblog100 says:

      Thanks Martin, I find the wordpress community very supportive, and the comments and feedback invaluable. Thanks for following and commenting. Cheers, Phil

  4. YAPCaB says:

    Sorry to hear about the enlarging growth. I have two tumors there, but no voice issues yet. I strongly recommend you try another anti depressant. There are several classes of them another may do the trick. It’s worth doing to get rid of the depression.

    • philblog100 says:

      Hi Jim. Very glad to hear from you. I was worried by the silence and I hope you are travelling OK. New post to follow after the throat doctor visit this morning. Cheers, Phil

      • YAPCaB says:

        Believe it or not I’m feeling better than ever. Three weeks ago I almost died five times. Life is a strange thing.

      • philblog100 says:

        WOW! That is news. Great you got through it and are feeling good. Cheers, Phil

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