Please help me interpret my husband’s CT scan…

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  • #46499
    melanie71
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    Thank you anp, and good luck to your father, too!

    #46498
    anp
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    Small world…my father is being treated in Huntsville as well. I have found that usually by the 4th day afer chemo, things begin to settle down. I certainly hope that will be the case for your husband. Keep us all updated on his progress. We are keeping our fingers crossed for successful treatments!

    #46497
    melanie71
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    Nancy, he’s being treated at Clearview Cancer Institute, a.k.a. CCI, in Huntsville, AL. Fabulous oncologist and wonderful, caring support staff.

    He’s rough today – had chemo on Monday and is in what I’ve come to recognize as that 2 to 3-day post chemo hell. Hopefully he’ll feel much better in a few days.

    #46496
    nur1954
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    Melanie – Glad you were able to get some information from the doctor. I’m sorry some of the news wasn’t positive. I hope things start to improve for your husband. Where is he being treated? – Nancy

    #46495
    melanie71
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    Thanks everyone. I did some googling but it only added to my confusion, so today I asked my primary care doc if she’d go over it with me and she was glad to. Unfortunately, what she said wasn’t very positive, but at least it’s understandable now.

    #46494
    lalupes
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    My sister & I did the same thing, Melanie. I hope it helps. Please take it as an overview, though, as we found that interpreting each word in isolation can give a different overall emphasis.

    At her last meeting, my sister asked the Onc to explain the results to her in layman’s terms & she was quite happy to do so. Would your husband’s Onc do that?

    #46493
    anp
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    When we got the reports on my father, we did the same thing that Lainy mentioned. Google the terms, and that should help tremendously. A lot of the things mentioned in the CT scan you wrote about are very familiar to me as I have seen the same mentioned for my father. Take note if the bottom reads “findings” or “Impression.” That will give you a better and easier understanding of what they found. At least it did in the reports we have seen.

    #46492
    lainy
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    Hi Melanie, while I cannot decipher the Medical jargon, when I got these reports on Teddy, I googled each word I did not know, wrote the definition next to the word in question and came up with results.

    #4587
    melanie71
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    My goodness, I have no idea what this means, but here is a section of findings from my husband’s CT scan:

    Visualized Lung Bases: Smaller necrotic node adjacent to the suprahepatic inferior vena cave (measurements listed here). Slightly increased pericardial thickening/effusion. Unchanged anterior pericardial nodular hyperattenuating nodule (measurements here again).

    The tumor on his liver has increased a centimeter. :(

    There was never any mention of lung involvement, so I’m not sure if the section about the “lung bases” is actually referring to nodules on his lungs or something altogether different. There is no mention of the bile duct at all, so I’m assuming this means his is intrahepatic and cannot be seen on the scan?

    But most importantly, if someone can interpret the Visualized Lung Bases section into layman’s terms, I would so appreciate it. Many thanks,

    Melanie

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