Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby CRguy » Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:15 pm

Utwo wrote:CRguy, are you saying that liver ultrasound is as effective as CT scan?

In my situation I have had many CTs and started u/sds / xrays at intervals between CTs since Dx in 2007.
I have an extensive image baseline in all 3 modalities which gives the docs a view of "me" at Dx, at Sx, during chemo,
during follow up and after being kicked out of follow up surveillance protocols.

More images, viewed by more specialists, more often = "more eyes on me" if you take my drift.
I like that A LOT !!!
This way I cover chest/abdomen/pelvis every time. It is very important to me to do so, because
my lung met was missed on an initial CT with regular surveillance.
It got picked up " on a regular chest xray by an eagle eyed radiologist "

NOT saying per se that CTs are inferior to other imaging, just that I had a shitload and the docs have mentioned radiation issues.
The older, lower resolution machines, sometimes fail to image smaller lesions properly. Most new Hi res ones are way better, with lower radiation exposures.

While my u/sds / xrays plan works for me so far I would NOT say they are superior to a hi resolution CT scan.
CTs will be used again as required and my doc and I are probably planning one for next year or late this year.

If I were to have any questionable screening findings with bloods, checkups, imagings ... we would get CTs / PETs / MRIs as needed.

SO if the docs recommend a CT my "advice" is : get one done and go from there.
Most radiologists prefer hi resolution contrast CTs for imaging, where indicated.

Hope that clarifies things a bit :D
Cheers
CRguy
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
14 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby CRguy » Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:53 am

Just witnessed the most beautiful sight off my back deck.
Almost a full moon ( actually tomorrow ) and a full rainbow halo around this moon tonight.
Perfect colour, perfect symmetry.

Moon halos I have seen ... BUTT ... never a perfect spectrum rainbow around one in a perfect circle.
I don't "impress" easily BUTT this is amazing.

I am in the middle of a ginormous downsizing move .. SO all my good photo gear is packed or moved AND
cell phone cam did NOT capture the image ( YES I tried !!! )

SO
I will just share the feelings
amazing
beautiful
unexpected
unique

despite what we all go through, there IS always
something beautiful which can impress and move us.

On the Journey
CRguy
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Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby Green Tea » Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:07 am

CRguy wrote:Just witnessed the most beautiful sight off my back deck.
Almost a full moon ( actually tomorrow ) and a full rainbow halo around this moon tonight.
Perfect colour, perfect symmetry.

Moon halos I have seen ... BUTT ... never a perfect spectrum rainbow around one in a perfect circle.
I don't "impress" easily BUTT this is amazing.


Is this what it looked like???

Image

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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby CRguy » Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:36 pm

nailed it

Perfect rainbow halo around the moon !!!

Thanks buddy
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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby Utwo » Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:46 pm

CRguy wrote:In my situation I have had many CTs and started u/sds / xrays at intervals between CTs since Dx in 2007.
I have an extensive image baseline in all 3 modalities which gives the docs a view of "me" at Dx, at Sx, during chemo
CRguy, could you please clarify the following abbreviations for me:
sds = ?
Dx = ?
Sx = ?

I had quite a few high dose CT scans back there when they were troubleshooting my leak and infection.
My situation looks stable except new "density anomalies" appearing on a chest CT (on the next CT those "anomalies" look stable).
58 yo male at diagnosis: T1bN0M0, 0/15 nodes, low grade/moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
03/2016 colonoscopy: 2 small polyps removed in left colon; CEA = 1.3
04/2016 colonoscopy: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed with kind of clear margins
05/2016 "prophylactic" laparoscopic right hemicolectomy - bleeding, leak, infection
06/2017 CT scan, colonoscopy OK; CEA = 1.6
A lot of funny stuff discovered by CT scans in liver, kidney, lungs, arteries, gallbladder, lymph node, pancreas

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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby O Stoma Mia » Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:28 pm

Utwo wrote:
CRguy wrote:In my situation I have had many CTs and started u/sds / xrays at intervals between CTs since Dx in 2007.
I have an extensive image baseline in all 3 modalities which gives the docs a view of "me" at Dx, at Sx, during chemo
CRguy, could you please clarify the following abbreviations for me:
u/sds = ?
Dx = ?
Sx = ?

NB: CRguy is a veterinarian. He might be using acronyms from veterinary medicine, in which case Sx would refer to "surgery". I think that the three modalities he is referring to are (1) ultrasound, (2) x-ray, and (3) CTscan, but I might be wrong.

Please note also that CRguy is from Western Canada, where Sx can have an altogether different meaning :roll: :
19th February 2004 post-reply by 'Melodie' from Western Canada

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Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 15/2021

Postby CRguy » Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:57 am

Yes each specialty develops its own "vocabulary" complete with abbreviations !
Guilty as implied :shock: :mrgreen:

BUTT I have never heard Sx/SX related to schizophrenia, despite being from the left coast up here !!!!

Sx = surgery
Dx = diagnosis
U/sds = ultrasounds
Tx = treatment
Rx = prescription designation from "take thou" as I learned it from my pharmacology professor

Stay safe
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CRguy
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Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
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