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Old 01-14-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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what do they mean by 'uptake'

Hi Everyone...hubby has had a liver resection in June where 60% of his liver was removed, doc's was very happy as they got it all....we now find that the cancer has returned to the liver with an uptake to the jaw.........can anyone tell me what this means please? Our doc is away on holidays, and the registrar told me when I rang enquiring on how the PET scan turned out...does this mean it's spread to the bones? I asked him this and he answered by saying that they now want hubby to have a STscan...he did say it wasn't looking good...and here we thought we'd won the battle..
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: what do they mean by 'uptake'

Hi Ozzie,

I am sorry that the cancer returned after your husband having his liver resection. The cancer returned in my dh's liver too after his first resection. But a ct in November showed no evidence of disease. He will have another one the 22nd and then we will get the report on the 29th of this month.

The way they explained it to us is an uptake means an area is lighting up with the contrast used with a pet scan. Try not to get discouraged even if it has gone to the bones. There are still treatments they can do for him. I will keep you both in my prayers. Please let us know what you find out. dee

 
Old 01-17-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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Hi Dee,
thank you for your reply...as my hubby has had two major ops in the last 24 months, plus the months of chemo...we were on a 'high' thinking the cancer was all but gone from the colon and liver, the onc told us quoting him, "your in remission ...(pause) kinda "...( we still have the kidney to deal with) the last thing we needed was to be told it's back, and told it's "not looking good"...he did have a lymph node in the neck that the doc's were a little concerned about, but that was taken care of by chemo....or so we thought...our doc is still on holidays o/seas....and what keeps ringing in my ears is his registrar telling me 'it's not looking good' and the uptake in his jaw....ooh well......we'll keep fighting this and come up on top, ....next week we go back to the kidney specialist as well as the gastro guy for his 3 monthly appointments.....22nd Jan he goes to have a splint removed from his bile duct...week before Xmas, he became very yellow, his bilirubin was extremely high so...back to scans etc...scan's showed that he either had an blockage in his bile duct, or another tumor...so had a ERCP which lead to the PET ....due to the surgery, the bile duct became rather narrow...now that's all fixed up and working well again... but the camera down did show up other tumors... anyway, we can handle whatever is handed out to us, be positive I'm told...sorry if I'm rambling on a bit....

thanks again Dee for 'listening'
keep well and take care..
Ozzie

 
Old 01-18-2007, 10:00 AM   #4
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Hi Ozzie,

It's ok to ramble, I do it myself sometimes. We were told in 4/05 that dh was cancer free and then found it had come back in his liver. That was a real slap in the face. But, as you said we just keep on fighting. I will be glad when your regular doc gets back because we have found that what "doesn't look good" to one is just a hurdle to get over for another. I will keep you both in my prayers. Let us know how things are going. dee

 
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