I had CT scans done on my pelvis, abdomen, and chest last Wednesday. These were my regular 3 month checks. I finally wised up and went to the chemo infusion center first to have my port accessed before heading to the radiology department. This makes it so much easier for everyone. When I have my scans, they do two sets…one with contrast and one without. The contrast has to be injected into my veins. Normally they would start an IV for that. I have a port to be able to avoid stuff like that. Crazy enough, it is way better to have a needle jabbed into your chest than someone fishing around in your hand or arm for a vein. A nurse has to access my port, so the radiology tech has to call one of their nurses…and most are not very proficient with ports (very scary) and they don’t have the right equipment to do so. (also scary) So my super oncology nurse, Nora, accessed my port so I could just waltz into the CT room and bypass all the craziness prior. This allowed me to be in and out in under 15 minutes. Yay! While I was in the waiting room, I noticed this blinking light that I hadn’t before. I have put pictures down below. This is why, even though I don’t like my oncologist very much, I stay at this hospital.
I received the readings of my CT scan from Bergan Mercy and everything appears to be stable. Although shrinkage is the best outcome, this is a close second. My scans will be sent to the Mayo Clinic to be re-read there by the Sarcoma team, who know what to look for when it comes to Leiomyosarcoma. I have chemo this Thursday, Dec 17th in the morning (this will be my 10th round of Doxil) and then will meet via teleconference with my sarcoma specialist at Mayo at 2:30. Rich will be able to be with me this time, I hope, and we’ll make a plan for 2021…at least for the beginning of it.