PET Scan Scheduled
We got word today that Ana’s PET scan has been approved by our insurance company (hooray) and is scheduled on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (and a double hooray that Columbia managed to schedule the scan on the ONE day that works this week — squeezed between school events and snowstorms).
I’m not 100% sure what the PET scan is supposed to show us that the CT scan didn’t, but after a bit of Googling it seems to be a tool that can pinpoint metabolic activity of the sort that shows up with active cancer (the tumors glow…) but there can be false positives AND false negatives, so the diagnostic value of the test is a bit questionable (again, this is my conclusion after 5 minutes of Googling). I did email all three doctors and asked someone to explain to me what they plan to get out of this scan. That is, Dr. Kato (the surgeon), Dr. Martinez (hepatologist) and Dr. Hochberg (oncologist). I find addressing all of the experts tends to motivate them to respond quicker (evil laugh).
Dr. Martinez emailed me today and said that the plan is for Ana to have the PET scan and they’ll determine the next step based on this. If the PET scan doesn’t detect any “disease” (as she put it), they will only biopsy the mass in Ana’s abdomen (as opposed to removing a lung lesion as well). Then, if the biopsy of the abdominal mass shows that this is a recurrence of her original tumor, they’ll further evaluate the benefits of removing the lung lesions (or maybe just one of them).
So, everything is still up in the air and we’re all still very much taking it one day at a time. I’m really glad that Ana got to go on an ice skating trip with her school today. Here’s a picture of her with her friend Sophia, enjoying some hot chocolate.