I’m going to start my post with a picture of this beautiful hibiscus. Kalissa, my daughter, and I stopped at an Amish store and it was blooming so nicely.
But, that’s not what you’re here to know about. I’m sure, like everyone who read or heard my report from my tests, you want to know what the doctor said about the rapidly increasing thyroglobulin tumor marker number. Please go back and read the morning post HERE if you have questions.
The tumor marker needs to stay under 2 to be considered inactive cancer. Mine has soared to 1300 when I had my last treatment in 2021. It plummeted to 11 after my treatment. Then six months later it was 19. On Monday’s test, it was over 2800. That was an astronomical change!
The doctor wasn’t too concerned about the CT Scans. They had shown some growth but not terrible. The tumor marker did not correlate with the super high tumor marker.
This has led the doctor to believe that my cancer has likely spread to my bones and that I likely have a “hot” lesion.
So…a PET scan is needed. Of course, whether I get it or not is up to insurance. BLAH! I have it scheduled for August 17th so my fingers are crossed that it all goes through insurance.
If it doesn’t the doctor will try to work it out by getting multiple CT scans. We’ll see…either way some type of diagnostic test with be done.
If a bone lesion does show up, it will be blasted with radiation…I should only need a shot or two. It won’t be the long radiation some cancer patients get. Then hopefully the tumor marker will go down.
If the PET scan shows that the cancer is somewhere else like my liver, then I’ll likely go through the whole treatment I went through in January of 2021.
If nothing shows up on the PET scan, we wait and she sees me again in 3 months.
She said the most likely scenario is that it’s moved to my bones. That’s the nature of thyroid cancer.
The good news was that this treatment isn’t terrible. We also got the good news that this has not morphed into “bad” cancer that only gives you 6 months to live.
So…I’m hopeful. If it goes the way predicted (whatever does but I’m hopeful) the treatment will buy me a little more time. At this point, that’s all I hope for. My cancer will never go into remission or be considered curable. So we wait and be thankful that it keeps being treatable.
We’ll be back and forth to the doctor for a bit again but we can do that!!
Many thanks for the kind words, thoughts, and prayers you’ve sent my way. I promise to tell more as I know more. I won’t know anything until August 17th at the earliest…so until then, we just live life.