First and foremost, there is no tumor regrowth. It seems that the wording on my Tuesday scan was questionable. There could possibly be slight changes in post-operative and post-radiation healing (scar tissue, etc.). "Questionable minor white matter signal change compared with the June study. No new abnormal enhancements or other interval change."
I am going to have another MRI scan in two months instead of three due to the radiologist stating in the report of the T2 hyperintensity that was seen as well in my June scan being "questionably minimally increased". Dr. Needles wants to be absolutely sure. That is why I am to go in mid-November for another scan. He was also not happy to see that my April MRI scan from Siteman wasn't archived at St. John's. He is asking for it to be resent to St. John's for extended future comparison.
Was I discouraged? Yes, mostly because I don't want to go in two months due to the fact that I am the calendar schedule queen and it threw me off. My time is no longer my time. I was all set in my mind that the next one will be around December 11. My discouragement is short lived. No growth is all I need to hear. Thankful that my oncologist wants to be proactive with my health. It is appreciated. Dr. Needles said if the November scan doesn't show any increase we will return to the every three month schedule.
I hope this made some sense. I am still trying to understand it all. What I do know is . .
1. God is in control - not me and my calendar plans.
2. Tumor growth is not seen. Good News!
3. MRI scans are not an exact science.
Good to be reminded that I don't run my life.
Being refined again and again and again -
Your humbled friend . . . kate