So here’s what I have concluded from studying the report, reviewing the CD of the PET scan and numerous Google explorations in search of reasonable explanations of what I did not understand in the report. My conclusion is: I still don’t understand.
Here’s what I do know:
The tumors that were discovered in December of 2018, for which I received twenty something radiation treatments… are still there in approximately the same sizes that they were then. Not a good thing. One bit of information that is good however, is that the SUV has decreased somewhat to 5.8 (compared to SUV of 17 previously).
If I compare the picture from today with the one posted in “The Report” of December 15, 2018, I don’t see much difference… sadly.
There is still pleural effusion. (That is fluid that has accumulated between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and the chest wall… I’m beginning to think that it is permanent)
There are new nodular areas with hypermetabolic activity in the right posterior gutter. (I didn’t realize that I had gutters inside my body. Perhaps if I’d known… I would have done some gutter cleaning before they got plugged up with bird nests… or whatever).
I am assuming, which often gets me into trouble, that this means the pleura lining at the bottom of the lung. Still not sure.
The report then states: “These may represent distal pulmonary nodules or pleural-based nodules. These measure about a centimeter in size. Three discrete areas noted. Each of these have an SUV of between 3 and 4.
The next part I also did not understand. It states: “Physiologic activity within the genitourinary and gastrointestinal tracts.” (Huh?) I can’t seem to nail down a good explanation for this either and don’t know if that is good or bad.
Diverticulosis with some pelvic fluid. I understand diverticulosis but don’t know about pelvic fluid.
So… there it is in black and white with a considerable amount of hues of $#!+ mixed in.
The doc appointment is later this week. Wish me luck in getting a good explanation of it all.
Till then… I’ll be wishing all of you a most beautiful day.