Quickly as I am on break at work.
My wife finished radiation on her pelvis in May of 2017, after we had chemo and surgery the first of Nov. of last year. We just had our first scan since surgery and got great results as things appear to be clear and their was no evidence of disease. We got out of sequence because we had five spots show up on the liver during treatments. At surgery the removed two on the bottom of the right lobe that appeared to be the largest and most suspicious. They came back benign. Her latest MRI suggest that the remaining three spots on her liver are also hemangiomas as they are actually decreasing is size. The CT scan showed a lot of inflamation in the pelvic region around the re-connection point of the colon to the anal diverge. She had her rectum and sigmoid colon removed along with her uterus, overies, small sliver of her vagina and iliac nodes on the right side.
What are some things we should be doing to help the inflamation go down? The surgeons say it is from the affects of the radiation. She can not have her reversal surgery until it goes down.
Second question. Her CEA has been as high as 26 and 29. After radiation is dropped to about 2.5. During Chemo it went over 3 but dropped down to 1.5 after surgery about 8 weeks ago. We just got her results back to day from last week and it rose to 2.1. My wife is freaking out. What do I tell her?
DH to 38 wife w/kids
Stage 3C DX 3/3/17 CEA 29
5-fu and radiation ended May 17, 2017
Stage 4 External iliac node July 17, 2017
FOLFOX + Avistan July 18 2017 CEA 2.3
Nov 9, 2017 Coloanal Anastomosis, Hysterectomy & External Nodes Removed W/ileostomy
Clear Margins NED
CEA 1.5 12/17, 2.1 2/18, 2.3 6/18, 1.1 9/18, 1.3 12/18, 1.8 3/19
Clear CT and MRI on 2/5/2018, 9/18 Clear Scans
Reversal Surgery 6/26/18