2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

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Kbelo
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2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby Kbelo » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:28 pm

I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and can maybe talk me down from assuming the worst.

I had a tumor successfully removed via resection of sigmoid colon in May 2018. Clear margins. One of 28 removed lymph nodes had traces of cancer cells do I underwent 6 months of FOLFIRINOX (FOLFOX + Irenotecan). I'm part of a clinical trial so I'm getting CT scans every 3 months. My May scan was clear, however the one I did 2 weeks ago showed 2 small spots on my liver that my oncologist wants a better look at. MRI booked for Friday, but I don't get results until I see him on Sept 11. My CEA is at 1.3 which is pretty good for me. I'm trying not to worry, my oncologist says it could be nothing of concern, but it's hard not to be concerned that it's not liver mets. I guess my question is, has anyone had a scan with suspicious "spots" that turn out to be non cancerous? Mentally I'm gearing up for another fight, but also praying it could be ok (not cancer again)

Thanks all
Stage 3B CC - diagnosed at 40
Bowel resection May 2018
28 nodes removed 1 with cancer traces
FOLFIRINOX started July 2018 for 6 months, finished Jan 2019.
1/19 - CT Scan shows NED
2/19 - CT Scan shows NED
5/19 - CT Scan shows NED
8/19 - CT scan + MRI show NED

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Zackattack
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby Zackattack » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:09 pm

I'd be just as annoyed and scared. Good luck; the low CEA #'s and recent chemo make me hopeful that you'll be good.
Colonoscopy due to occasional blood in stool.
DX: Rectal Cancer, 7-12-19 @ age 36, male
CEA Levels of 3.0, seems to be T1 at first glance (and hopefully forever?).
Moderately differentiated cells. 12 to 15cm from anal verge
7-26-19 --Dr. calls to advise upon rerunning pathology, sm3 depth...
TME surgery scheduled for 8/21/19
Successful surgery and feeling good so far
2/15 Lymph nodes had cancer.
Stage 3A T1cN1M0

MeAndMine
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby MeAndMine » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:14 pm

I have no experience as I'm just starting out but wanted to let you know I'm here & rooting for you. I have read a post before saying they had a spot on their liver that they have been watching & it hasn't changed in months. I'm sorry I don't know more about it but your CEA isn't high so that's in your favor. We do worry a lot with this disease. So much. Hopefully someone with more insight has more info. Hang in there.
F 56 non-smoker
8/5/2019 - Colonoscopy - 4-5 cm rectal mass, 2-3 cm proximal to anal verge and 6mm polyp
8/13/2019 - CT - No mets
8/19/2019 - Rectum: Adenocarcinoma arising from tubulovillous adenoma. Descending colon: tubular adenoma
8/23/2019 First visit with surgeon
8/26/2019 First visit with oncologist
8/26/2019 MRI
CEA 8/19/19=3.9, 8/26/19=7.1
9/6/2019 - T3N2a
9/11/2019 - Radiation begins - 5.5 weeks along with oral capecitabine

Punky44
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby Punky44 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:42 pm

I’ve seen a lot of stories on her where spots are found and turn out to be nothing of concern! I’ll be praying that’s the case for you!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9; 10/22: 2.6
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22 — nodules on lungs—possible infection or mets—PET scheduled for 11/25

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

CF_69
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby CF_69 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:52 pm

I have a 2mm “hypodensity” on my liver that the CT said was too small to classify, so I had an MRI and it’s just a cyst. Actually there are 3 of them that the MRI picked up.

I also have a cyst on my right kidney. None are concerning to my doctors.

Apparently it’s very common.

I hope you have good news.
47 year old male
Distal sigmoid near rectosigmoid junction adjacent to upper rectum
Adenocarcinoma
2.8 x 1.8 x 3.5 cm
G2
T3N0M0 after pathology
CEA:
Dec 2018 - 1.9
September 2019 - 2.5
Xeloda / radiation x 25
Laparoscopic LAR April 2019
0 of 12 nodes
Stage 2A
4 cycles of adjuvant Xeloda
MRI on liver for 2mm hypodensity not suspicious.
Clear CT - September 2019

michelle c
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby michelle c » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:11 am

My initial scan showed a spot on my liver and an MRI confirmed it was a cyst.

Your doctor will get your results before your appointment so I’m hoping he will call you especially if it’s good news. My doctor phoned me as soon as he got the results which was either the same day or the next day. Perhaps you could ask for a phone call. Waiting and not knowing sucks.

Hope yours turns out to be a cyst also. Try not to worry in the meantime.
25 May 09 Dx with CC (sigmoid colon) 2 days after my 44th b'day
CEA prior to surgery 4.7
3 Jun 09 LAR - Stage III 3/10 lymph nodes
6 Jul - 10 Dec 09 12 cycles FOLFIRI
Genetic testing - inconclusive for Lynch
Jul 12 port removed & hernia repair

Kbelo
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby Kbelo » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:02 am

Thanks everyone for replying and giving me some hope that there are other plausible explanations. It will help make these next couple of weeks without answers a little less scary
Stage 3B CC - diagnosed at 40
Bowel resection May 2018
28 nodes removed 1 with cancer traces
FOLFIRINOX started July 2018 for 6 months, finished Jan 2019.
1/19 - CT Scan shows NED
2/19 - CT Scan shows NED
5/19 - CT Scan shows NED
8/19 - CT scan + MRI show NED

NHMike
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby NHMike » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:23 pm

I spoke to a former manager - lifelong smoker and he had spots on his lungs. His doctors said that they'd watch them and they didn't grow - so no need to worry. Stuff can happen and it doesn't necessarily mean that it's cancer.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

Kbelo
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby Kbelo » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:34 pm

Quick update. I met with my oncologist this week who confirmed that the 2 liver spots are small cysts. I am so relieved!!
Stage 3B CC - diagnosed at 40
Bowel resection May 2018
28 nodes removed 1 with cancer traces
FOLFIRINOX started July 2018 for 6 months, finished Jan 2019.
1/19 - CT Scan shows NED
2/19 - CT Scan shows NED
5/19 - CT Scan shows NED
8/19 - CT scan + MRI show NED

CF_69
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Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby CF_69 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:56 pm

Kbelo wrote:Quick update. I met with my oncologist this week who confirmed that the 2 liver spots are small cysts. I am so relieved!!




Congratulations on the good news.

I had my 6 month scan a couple of days ago. Don’t see the onc for two weeks. My turn to sweat.
47 year old male
Distal sigmoid near rectosigmoid junction adjacent to upper rectum
Adenocarcinoma
2.8 x 1.8 x 3.5 cm
G2
T3N0M0 after pathology
CEA:
Dec 2018 - 1.9
September 2019 - 2.5
Xeloda / radiation x 25
Laparoscopic LAR April 2019
0 of 12 nodes
Stage 2A
4 cycles of adjuvant Xeloda
MRI on liver for 2mm hypodensity not suspicious.
Clear CT - September 2019

MeAndMine
Posts: 149
Joined: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:40 pm

Re: 2 spots on liver, 7 months after chemo success

Postby MeAndMine » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:52 pm

That's great news Kblelo! I know that was a relief!
F 56 non-smoker
8/5/2019 - Colonoscopy - 4-5 cm rectal mass, 2-3 cm proximal to anal verge and 6mm polyp
8/13/2019 - CT - No mets
8/19/2019 - Rectum: Adenocarcinoma arising from tubulovillous adenoma. Descending colon: tubular adenoma
8/23/2019 First visit with surgeon
8/26/2019 First visit with oncologist
8/26/2019 MRI
CEA 8/19/19=3.9, 8/26/19=7.1
9/6/2019 - T3N2a
9/11/2019 - Radiation begins - 5.5 weeks along with oral capecitabine


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