ct Scan Shows a Shadow

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ct Scan Shows a Shadow

by Greatful on Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to his liver in July, 2004. He had the tumor removed from his colon and his colon reattached, had attached to his bladder and the doctor removed that part and had one tumor in his liver. In October, 2004, after 6 chemo treatments, he had a liver resection. Finished chemo in March, had a cat scan/pet scan in April which showed no active cancer, blood test with tumor marker in July which came back a 1. Then October 10, he had a cat scan that showed a "shadow that dissappears with contrast" on his liver. He had a pet scan last week and we will learn the results on Thursday. The doctor said he wasn't extremely worried about this, because the shadow dissappears with contrast, but it worries me. Has anyone ever heard of this? I just found this site today and I am so glad to be able to read about other people who are so brave! Thanks for any answers you might be able to give me.

ct Shadows

by Cheryljanean on Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear Greatful, I was diagnosed with colon cancer 6/2000. Since than I've had the colon resection, several chemo regimes and 3 lung mets removed. Sept. 7th my annual CT showed 3 liver tumors, 2 on the right side and 1 on the left. I had a PET which verified the 2 right tumors but the left wasn't verified. I had liver surgery (ablation) Oct. 3. The surgeon removed the 2 on the right and could not find a thing on the left. All my doctors and surgeons have told me that the liver is very dense and cystic which causes shadows. Hope this assures you. I am living proof that these shadows do appear and can be unnerving. The PET should always verify a tumor. The glucose they use attaches itself to cancer cells. A CT may show something but the PET may not. Of course, my liver surgeon surgically observed my liver with ultrasound. Best of luck to you and your husband. Keep the faith. CJ

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by Greatful on Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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Dear Cheryljanean, thanks so much for such a quick response. It is very reassuring to know that the liver can sometimes show shadows. I know that the doctors are really good at this treatment center, but I needed to hear it from someone who has been there. My husband is very upbeat about this and says he will be cured. Good luck and good health! Greatful
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