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Biopsy results finally back

The results from my upper endoscopy and colonoscopy finally arrived last week, and showed no problems anywhere, so that’s some very good news.  This whole process seems to have taken far too long — I finally have the “all clear” from my August PET scan that showed questionable results, and now it’s almost time for my next scan!  Hopefully things will go more smoothly this time.


  • on October 10, 2007 -
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PET scan results

Back on August 22 I posted a “[[wplink 3-month-health-update-2]]” blog entry, explaining that I had just had my follow-up PET scan. Especially clever readers may have noticed that I never posted the results of that scan.

The earliest oncologist appointment I could get was about 3 weeks after the scan, on September 12. When we went to the appointment, we were expecting the scans to show no activity at all, just like the one 3 months earlier after my last chemo treatment. However, the scan did show activity, only it wasn’t in the small bowel where my lymphoma was… this time the activity was in my colon and my stomach! The scan write-up was completely non-committal about what this could mean:

“While these may both represent physiologic uptake or secondary to inflammation, lymphomatous involvement is not entirely excluded and cannot be definitively distinguished by image.”

We scheduled a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy in order to get some tissue biopsies from both areas to get a more definitive answer. The colonoscopy was last week, and the endoscopy was this morning. We should have the results of the colonoscopy biopsies in a few days. On the bright side, the colonoscopy showed my insides to be at least visually much better than during the few exams, with much less Crohn’s inflammation.

Looking forward to getting these results, since the “uncertainty roller-coaster” gets pretty frustrating after a while.


  • on August 23, 2007 -
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3-month health update

This morning at 7:30 I had my 3-month follow-up PET scan in Fairfax. I’ll be getting scans every 3 months for a while, then every 6 months, every year, and eventually (I hope) will stop altogether. My oncologist appointment isn’t for another three weeks (getting an appointment with any specialist in Northern Virginia is so difficult these days) so I won’t know the results for a while. Presumably, if the results are bad, I’ll hear about it in a day or two.

This afternoon was my first gastroenterologist appointment since late last year. The appointment was supposed to be a few weeks ago but got canceled (by them) due to some emergency. Sitting in the very crowded waiting room, Kathie and I overheard other patients talking and complaining about how long they had been waiting… some had been there an hour before us, and were being told that the wait could easily be another hour (for them… so two hours for us). We got up, rescheduled for a few weeks in the future and left. That’s the first time I’ve done something like that, but I guess it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve gone to a doctor when I’m not sick, and had that flexibility. Sure is nice!

In general, feeling very well, still feeling better than I have in the past 8 years or so!



Got my port removed yesterday — woo hoo! Have a bunch of stitches and a big nasty tender bruise where it used to be, but it’s a small price to pay to be rid of it. Since there’s not much more to say about it than that, instead here’s a recent photo of our front garden. I’m still enjoying the new camera, but have a lot more to learn about photography and taking good photos.



Had my Oncologist appointment today and got my PET scan results back: NERD. I’m used to being called that, but in this case it apparently means “No Evidence of Residual Disease“, which obviously was a huge relief! The more detailed explanation says “Hypermetabolic activity previously seen in the region of the terminal ileum is no longer present”. So, all that’s left now is to get my port removed next week, and then get PET scans every 3-4 months for a couple years. If nothing shows up after two years, the chances of it ever coming back are extremely slim. After five years, my chances are the same as the general population! After dealing with all this, and now officially being in the clear, I can definitely say that I highly recommend NOT getting cancer.

Now, time to get back to vacation planning :-)