My CT scan is scheduled for May 16. This will be exactly one year from the day of my last scan (my surgeon and oncologist don't like to over-scan). I'm nervous but want to follow the mantra of others on this board: if it's clear, great! And if not, we should be able to do something about it. My plan is to do bloodwork every three months with my oncologist and to scan every six months for the next two years. I will also get annual colonoscopies starting in July for five years. If bloodwork is ever abnormal then I will get a scan sooner than six months. Today I went to my OB/GYN for a pelvic ultrasound to check up on an ovarian cyst that was detected last summer. The cyst is now gone, and there is no evidence of any other cysts or anything abnormal. The previous cyst apparently was caused by a hormonal imbalance related to radiation/chemo. I'm so relieved that I don't have to worry about that anymore.
Now that the weather is warmer I have been going without socks and it's been a little tough on my feet. I get that tingling feeling when I take my sandals or shoes off at the end of the day, but it goes away after a little while. This change in weather will take some adjusting.
It's hard to adjust back to "normal" life after it being so abnormal for so long, and with this scan looming. I am trying to avoid stress as much as possible: exercise, deep breathing, stepping out of the office when things get too stressful at work. It's not worth it.
36 year-old female
May 2017: Dx rectal cancer at T3N2M0
MSS, no genetic mutations
June-July 2017: 28 days of chemo/radiation
September 2017: laparoscopic LAR surgery with loop ileostomy
October 2017 - February 2018: six rounds of mop-up XELOX
March 12, 2018: reversal
April 16, 2018: CEA 2.1, all blood counts within normal ranges
May 2018: CT scan showed liver spot, MRI scheduled