Archive for August, 2009

PET Scan Results

August 17, 2009

I had my PET scan on Friday, and the doctor called me today with results.  He told me that there was no activity in any of the lymph nodes – really good news.  A PET scan works by having them inject a radioactive sugar into you.  Cancer cells are particularly greedy, so when they see high activity on the scan it usually means cancer.  I don’t know what no activity implies – to me it sounds like it means the cancer is gone, but it probably means that it’s shrunk and that the chemo is keeping it from being active.  That’s something to ask my doctor.  In any case, it’s very good news, and we’re going to stick to the schedule as planned since it seems to be working.

CT Scan and Round 4

August 11, 2009

Sigh.  As promised, I stink at updating blogs.  Oh well – in this case, no news is good news.  My hair still looks about the same as it did in the last post, so there’s a good chance I’ll keep most of it.  And round 3 of chemo actually felt better than round 2.  I just got round 4 this morning, and we’ll see how it goes.  The hiccups are inevitable – they’ll start tonight and last all day tomorrow.  I’ve discovered, though, that if I just let them happen for about 15 minutes then any of the usual techniques get rid of them for a little while, sometimes even a couple hours.

Yesterday I got a CT scan to see if my lymph nodes had gone down in size.  The overall news is good: the lymph nodes have shrunk, which means the chemo is working.  They haven’t gone down as much as we might have hoped, but Dr. Gharpure says some of the mass could easily be scar tissue.  I’m getting a PET scan on Friday, and that will tell us where the cancer still is.

There’s not much more to report, other than that.  I felt well enough last week to preach in Ivyland, and it felt great to be working on a sermon, and especially great to be serving real-life people again.  I’ve been doing work revising Ager’s translation of True Christian Religion and answering emails for the office of outreach, but I’ve missed the human contact that to me is at the heart of being a minister.  I’m preaching again at the contemporary service in BA in 2 weeks, and I’m really looking forward to that.