Haven't been active lately, were busy with hubby's chemo, side effects,.my own surgery.
So before my husband started his post op chemo he had one enlarged (9mm) common iliac lymph node showing on both CT and MRI. None of the doctors were concerned stating that this is most likely an inflammation rather than cancer. Our new oncologist said lets start the chemo and we will see. The plan is 8 cycles of Folfox.
When hubby completed his 4 cycles, he had his midchemo MRI and the lymph node is showing unchanged, still 9 mm. "Stable density 9mm lymph node.......grossly unchanged"
Our oncologist was on vacation so it was the nurse practitioner who discussed the results with us. All she said was that the lymph node is unchanged and that my husband MRI looks good. Both hubby and I are still confused. Don't know if this is good or bad.
Anyone had similar situation? Does unchanged lymph node mean it is cancer and is not responding to chemo or it means it is unlikely cancer and that is why its stable ( I'd assume chemo doesn't shrink inflammation)
The nurse didn't sound too knowledgeable about this type of situation. While we are waiting for our oncologist to come back from vacation, in the meantime any insight will be appreciated.
04/18 DH 49 Stage 2A T3N0M0 rectal cancer moderately differentiated.
05/18 chemorad. (Xeloda) 28 days
08/18 Surgery- 24 cm, including entire rectum out
Path -Stage II T2N0M0 moderate to poorly diff. adenocarcinoma
0 of 15 lymph nodes
10/18-02/19 8 cycles of Folfox
02/19 Pet Scan. NED
08/19 Pet Scan NED
08/19 Colonoscopy Clear