Hello! I recently scanned NED as well so 2.5 after surgery and just over 3 with a clean bill of health. My doctor wants me to scan one last time on the 6 month interval, but I am concerned over receiving too much radiation and will in all likelihood refrain from another CT scan until the 12 month mark? Instead, I will undergo another colonoscopy at the 12 month mark although my doctor said it was not necessary and take an x-ray of my diaphragm instead. Any thoughts?
You know, the thoughts of regression always creep in, especially when things appear at their best and I allow myself to forget the past ordeal. PSTD is the best way to describe the feeling. I had a panic attack or two. Find myself depressed. Before I had no cares in the world. So, yes....talking to someone about your thoughts, feelings, concerns is therapeutic. I would probably look for a therapist that has seen patients with our own experiences since they are more likely to understand our position rather than just give us the clinical answers and approach.
So happy to hear you are doing well and getting along. Unfortunately, freaking cancer did more to is than just make us physically sick, but we are alive and in a better place than before so keep living and stay strong!
Male 49 yrs.
09/2017: Colonoscopy 2.2x2 cm lesion - Invasive Adenocarcinoma
- CT - slightly enlarged LN; CEA 2.0
- LAP Rectosigmoid - 8' and 25 LNs removed
- Biopsy - 1/25 LN slight molecular invasion
- Stage IIIa - T3 N1 M0
- Chemo: 3 of 8 rds Ox; 8 rds 4000mg Xeloda
10/2017: PET - NED
03/2018: PET/CT - NED
09/2018: Colonoscopy & PET/CT - NED
03/2019: CT - NED
09/2019: Colonoscopy & CT - NED (0.9 CEA)
03/2020: CT - NED (1.1 CEA)
11/2020: CT - NED (1.2 CEA)