[cancer] The new CT scan

Yesterday I received another CT scan. This one is intended to baseline my tumors in order for us to evaluate the effectiveness of the Regorafenib in eight weeks’ time. The results were discouraging but not surprising. Moderate tumor growth in my liver, active tumor growth in my peritoneum, and the tumors in my lungs doubled while also spreading. In three weeks.

Here’s a little chart I made comparing the two scans, three weeks apart. It tells the story:

  5/7/2013 5/28/2013
Lungs Two adjacent 2 to 3-mm nodules within the right lower lobe 6-mm left lower lobe nodule
    4-mm right lower lobe
    Cluster of nodules right lower lobe, largest 6 mm
Liver Left hepatic margin of resection recurrent tumor 17 by 25 mm, previously 10 mm. Multiple hepatic metastases, index lesions:
  More inferior lead along the left hepatic margin of resection, plaque-like soft tissue along staple line measures 7 x 18 mm 2.5 cm in segment 5/6
  Wedge resection cavity in inferior right lobe measures 3 by 3.8 cm 1.7 cm in segment 6
  Along the deep margin, multiple new developing hypoattenuating satellite nodules, including 17-mm nodule and 21-mm nodule 2.4 cm, along with left hepatic resection margin
  New subcentimeter right lobe metastases  
  Additional foci of contracting subcapsular hypoattenuation, medial inferior right lobe, representing additional wedge resection sites  
Peritoneum Developing omental masses/implants, left upper quadrant up to 4.9 by 2.5 cm Extensive peritoneal implants, index lesions:
    4 x 3.1 cm
    5.4 x 2.3 cm
    6.1 x 1.7 cm

Time slices spiral
X-ray eyes peer inside me
Where my death expands

47 thoughts on “[cancer] The new CT scan

  1. Ben Fenwick says:

    You stare it right in the face, Jay. Call it like you see it.

  2. Kathy says:


    Thinking about you.

  3. catfriend says:

    Wow. It is astonishing that there could be this much growth so quickly. It takes one’s breath away. Seriously sucks, too. I hope you are Regorafenib’s most successful patient ever.

  4. Cora says:

    I’m awfully sorry, Jay. That really sucks.

  5. Nina says:


  6. Your ability to absorb and deal with this information, over and over again, taking all the emotion out of such postings, blows me away.

    Stoic doesn’t cover it.

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