Sunday, September 05, 2010

UPDATE TO THE FAMILY UPDATE

I posted an update here on Reid's visit with the Oncologist on August 27th.  This past week he had his appointment with the Radiologist on August 31st, and I'm feeling a whole lot better now about what was said. 

The Radiologist said the mass had increased in size, but not significantly.  She said that if there were cancer cells he would have lit up on the PET scan and he didn't.  She feels that it could possibly be inflammation from the radiation or the way the CT scan was done.  I probably don't have this exactly right, but it had something to do with the way he might have held his breath or was positioned for the scan.  I know the explanation sounded good to me at the time. :)  I do know she wasn't too concerned and that is what is important.

He is supposed to start watching his cholesterol because it's high and there's a chance that the radiation will have affected his coronary arteries, so he should be diligent about taking care of his heart from now on.  She was pleased with the pulmonary function test.  It was exactly the same as it was before radiation.  It's no better, but more importantly it's no worse.  He goes back to see the Radiologist  in three months.

The Oncologist and the Radiologist have both now said pretty much the same thing.  We're grateful that things have gone so well.

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Betty, I'm so glad that things are going well so far for Reid.

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  2. Good news! Yay, Reid!

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  3. Oh hooray! Rock on Reid! Time to stock up on the promise margarine. Isn't that the one that lowers cholesterol?

    Such happy news. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. I am so pleased that you have had this good news. Love from Sicily x

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  5. Hello Betty, Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am so sorry you are having trouble with the Flickr flash badge. I would suggest just going to Flick by typing it in your Search field and then typing in Creatively Breathing (Note the name is not the same as my blog), perhaps pictures of mine that are on other's photostreams will pop up; so clike on PEOPLE, and you should go directly to my page. It is just wonderful to see all of my craft photos in one place as well as so many others. I hope this helps! Elizabeth

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  6. GThis does sound like so much better news Betty! I will keep Reid (and you!)in my prayers.

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