Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Ted had an MRI today.  It was a follow up to one that he had two months ago.  We have not seen the oncologist yet, but we did get the findings in written form from the radiologist.  I think the good news is that it doesn't say that the "tiny foci of enhancement" has gotten bigger.  Glioblastomas are very aggressive, so the fact that the enhancement isn't being described as bigger seems like a good thing to me. Again, without speaking to the oncologist, which will happen on June 11, we won't know for certain.

The findings suggested, "Although no definite tumor recurrence demonstrated at this time, further follow-up in this region recommended." It goes on to say, "Further follow up recommended to exclude earliest changes of tumor recurrence."

There are a couple of sentences in the report that don't quite make sense.  I'm not sure if it's due to a lack of knowledge in "doctor speak," or if the guy has trouble writing sentences.  One sentence has us scratching our heads.  I will post it.  In case someone else can interrupt it, feel free to share.  Speaking as an English teacher, I just think it looks like it's missing a predicate.  You be the judge:

"Nonspecific tiny possible foci of enhancement about the left frontal tissue loss changes." Huh?
So, that is where we are today.  Pins and needles. More waiting, but at least it doesn't say that this thing is out of control.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

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