Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PET Scan Results! The Good and the Bad News.
Well, the doctor already called me with my PET scan results. He was on his way to the airport so I REALLY appreciate that he took the time to call me. I'm praying God blesses him today for being so kind to me.
The good news is that he didn’t see anything “light up” in my lymph nodes, organs or bones! Hallelujah! I am so happy to hear this. Thank you all for your prayers! This is wonderful news! I will still have to have the sentinel node biopsy because the PET scan only shows a certain amount of cancer cells so they still need to make sure there are NO cancer cells in my lymph nodes. Even a small amount.
The bad news is that the new lump I found in my other breast lit up on the test. So, he believes it is also cancer. He said this is VERY strange and that this rarely happens that someone will have cancer in both breasts. It confirms our decision to have the bilateral mastectomy though. He also said that they will want to determine if it is the same type of cancer or a different form. Also, I may have to have a sentinel node biopsy on the left side too. They are going to test the new lump tissue first though to make sure it is cancer before they remove any lymph nodes on that side too. I am really anxious about having my lymph nodes removed, but he said because I'm thin I shouldn't have any issues. But, there are still a few lifestyle changes that will have to be introduced once they remove them (wearing a compression sleeve when I fly, arm exercises, wearing gloves when working outside, etc).
Also, the right breast (the one that they initially found cancer in) also lit up. So, some cancer may have been left behind after my lumpectomy or it could be from the healing process. He wasn't sure. They will be biopsying all tissue though so we will know for sure after my surgery on 5/8.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS!! God answered them!! I am VERY happy that no other cancer “lit up” on the scan. I barely slept last night thinking about it. Tonight, I will sleep well. God is so good to me!