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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

The Lump Is Not Cancer

It’s been a week of growing anxiety as I’ve gone through the process of doctor visits and tests, but I just got a call from my oncologist, who said that my recent PET scan results were normal. This means that no matter what the lump that I found in my chest turns out to be, it’s not malignant. Very good news!

The biopsy results aren’t expected until Friday, so I won’t know exactly what it is until then. My doctors have already indicated that it would be a good idea to take it out regardless; but now, instead of having to take out a huge chunk of surrounding tissue as well, it should only be the lump itself that will be excised, and the sense of urgency has declined.

I feel soooo relieved.

Posted by Greg in Melanoma, Posts About Me


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4 Responses to “The Lump Is Not Cancer”

  1. Web says:

    That’s good news!

  2. Cara says:

    Me too — good news. i remember finding a lump in Nathan’s back while giving him a backrub in between his first and second round of Hodgkins. I had been giving him a back rub when I found it, and we just sat on the bed and cried together. Turned out to be a fatty lump. Well, he did have a relapse the next year, anyways. But still, i remember how hard that false scare was.

  3. Ramblings » Blog Archive » Lymphedema says:

    […] With my PET scan results shows no hyperactivity, I thought that malignancy had been ruled out, so only the lump material was going to be be removed. They could test the lump itself to identify it. Not so, says he. Apparently, a PET scan is not ultimately authoritative. I should have known that – there always appear to be exceptions in medicine. There still was a chance it could be malignant, and that would require more radical removal, so if there turned out to be a problem, a second surgery would be required. […]

  4. nancy says:

    Hi Greg, I’m reading through your blog. Congrats on the results of the biopsy.