My specialist Dr. Liu and I were concerned that perhaps my thyroid function was not good. Since Sandostatin injections can impact that and also ten years ago a nodule was noticed on my thyroid and not really followed up since then, I had an ultrasound last week and the “nodule” was still there. That worried me a lot.
There was also the possibility that my Carcinoid disease was progressing which is always a worry for those of us with the disease. I have been having more episodes of chills in the evening and occasionally night sweats.
Dr. Liu believes the “nodule” is cancer but has not changed significantly in ten years and the test for thyroid function are good. His recommendation is to revisit it in six months. He told me that conventional wisdom is usually to remove the thyroid but that he doesn’t agree when it is this slow growing. I am good with that. The less surgery, the better.
With blood tests and with a CT scan, there is no indication that the carcinoid has progressed. The small tumors in my liver have not changed and blood tests give no indications of change.
Obviously, I am overjoyed. It has been 3.5 years since my liver surgery and the carcinoid has been pretty stable.
Other good news is that the new GA-68 scanner will be used for patients starting next week! I will probably get it in the spring to insure that carcinoid tumors have not spread to any other areas of my body.
My back is still a painful problem. I have degenerative disk, arthritis and DISH (Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis – tendons hardening to calcium). I have tried a chiropractor and it’s no help. Hopefully today’s CT scan will give my PCP some clues. I have been attending hot yoga classes for the last eight weeks and that gives me some relief for a day or so, but the pain can still be pretty bad. I think we will be looking at injections in the spine soon.
No news about solutions to the urinary bladder cancer problem as of yet.
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7 thoughts on “Stability, Carcinoid Cancer 2016-10-27”
Hey Cy, Thyroid tumours are the most overdiagnosed part of the body. Apparently 50% of the population aged over 50 have at least one nodule. The vast majority will not cause any harm. Read about my Thyroid issue – I’m very happy with watch and wait rather than more chopping bits out! https://ronnyallan.com/2016/07/23/thyroid-troubles/
Exactly Ronny. We are in full agreement. I will have tests or ultrasound about every six months.
I know what back pains can be like Cy. I hope they find a good solution for it. I will miss having you hear this weekend brother
GlD that you got a good result, will miss you this weekend.
Looks like both good and bad. I hope you get some back relief. Thanks for the update and hang in there.
I know you had the surgery. I am glad that I can avoid that, at least for now.