So today my mom had a PET to see if a suspicious enlarged (2cm) internal iliac node “lit up.” Guess what. It didn’t. And now they are saying that it might not be a node at all but her OVARY.
And then they are saying that’s an abnormal size for an ovary in a postmenopausal woman so NOW they want to involve a oncology gynecologist to do an ultrasound to see if it’s ovarian cancer!
What is going on.
1. If this this is cancerous, why didn’t it light up too? Are PET scans specific to specific cancers?
2. How are they quick to determine it isn’t a spread from the colon cancer vs a new cancer?
3. Anyone have any experience with this?
The “good news” is that this mystery aside, the oncologist said she considers her to be Stage 3 (still said there was still other internal iliac node involvement in addition to this mystery mass, which was news to us) but she said that she feels she can beat this with an aggressive regime of neoadjuvant chemo, then chemo/rad, then surgery.
So not sure how to feel about the mystery mass but overall grateful for the hope of beating this.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19; CEA dropped to 6.2
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.