I am a newbie here. So, I have experienced anxiety over the past few days. I had a chest/abdomen/pelvis CT earlier this week. The radiologist saw 1 hypoattenuating lesion on my liver measuring 1.6 cm and he also noted soft tissue thickening close to the sacrum (which I have learned is your tailbone). The lesion on my liver was noted on my last scan as possible hemangioma. I will have MRI of liver in 10 days to figure out the lesion. My concern is about the radiologist's statement about the soft tissue thickening by the sacrum. He said the thickening may be due to the low anterior resection surgery that I had. But he also said he cannot rule out malignancy. This did not help my anxiety, at all!
Also, I had a rise in my CEA level from 0.9 to 1.4. Should I be worried about the rise of my CEA level? Someone that I know told me the CEA test is not a reliable tumor marker. Is this true?
Sheesh, I do not know how all of you cope with the treatments, surgeries, scans, bloodwork, appointments, etc. I am a wreck!!!
You guys are my heroes!!!
02/20 Rectal Cancer Diagnosis
03/20 CEA 2.7 ST Radiation - 25Gy over 5 days
04/20 LAR surgery w/ ileostomy (only 6 lymph nodes retrieved)
05/20 CAPOX (had to discontinue because Oxaliplatin caused temporary blindness in left eye)
06/20 CEA 0.9
08/20 Ileostomy reversal
09/20 CEA 1.4, CT chest/abdomen/pelvis; suspicious areas in liver
10/20 MRI liver; dx hemangioma