So I told you last week about my cancer recheck. I also told you that I had blood test that we were waiting the results of….well it came back. It is for a test called Thyroglobulin Tumor Marker. This is part of the tests that are done that indicate whether a person has cancer or not.
After I had the Radioactive Iodine Treatment two years ago, my number was 0. I’ve gotten tests every six month since then…slowly they have been rising. The number is still in the okay range and she said people live for years at the level mine is at but slowly, at every test, it rises just a few ticks.
The test is done at the beginning of my testing week and is an “unstimulated” result. It’s done at the end of the week again as a “stimulated” test. The tests are suppose to vary only a tiny bit. The spread in my numbers has increase as well.
None of this is ALARMING…However, my doctor feels we need to proceed with caution. That means on Friday…PET scan.
I’ve not had one before.
For those of you who don’t know, a PET scan is done to screen for cancer. Should they end up finding something, we’ll proceed from there….if not, the blood work numbers are still something my doctor is wanting to watch. So rather every six months, she’s moving me to every three months for blood work testing.
I really don’t know how I feel about it all at this point….It’s hard to even believe it’s true that I had thyroid cancer in the first place. I never have felt sick….never found a lump….but here I am.
I’m a pretty cautious person so I do prefer having a doctor who is acting cautionary. I’d much rather be pro-active than reactive….so back to Lacrosse I go on Friday. Once again my kids wait to hear the results…once again my childcare families are scrambling to find childcare. I think through it all, that’s what’s most bothersome to me-inconveniencing everyone else. I hate that my problem becomes their problem.
I did learn that Thursday I am on a diet again….this time no sweets, lots of water, lots of protein. Well that I can do. Thank goodness I love meat. This will be MUCH easier than the last diet and this is only for one day.
I’ll keep you posted with what we find out.