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CT Scan - Why?

Posted 21 Jan 2021 at 17:03

I thought you lovely people could help.  Dont want to keep hassling my husband as he doesnt know either.

He had a PSA score of 138.  He has had a MRI Scan and had a call with the consultant who says it has spread to the tip of his bones and his lymph nodes. He is 56, fit and healthy and the only sign was peeing problems.  He is not black, has no history in his family.

He is waiting for the final results of his biopsy but the consultant says its very unlikely to be any different to what she has said so far. 

So today he got an appointment for a CT Scan in Radiology.   Why would he need this scan too?  

Thank you.  Going for counselling tomorrow.  I feel robbed of our future.  He has had his first HT injection and will be having one every month and will then be taking Enzalutanide.  


Posted 21 Jan 2021 at 22:12

Oh gosh Corrie, I'm so sorry, but I've heard many people say counselling helped them significantly.

I can only guess the reason for the CT scan. The MRI scan will have picked up the lymph node involvement, but MRI isn't great at imaging lymph nodes in some tissues, and a CT scan will give them a higher quality image to work from. When using these types of scan to identify lymph node involvement, they're looking for changes in shape of the lymph nodes, and better quality images help. It could be be someone completely different reason - this is just a guess.

Posted 21 Jan 2021 at 22:29
Hi Andy, yes, that makes sense. I am so scared. My husband is so strong. We have been married nearly 25 years and have two wonderful sons. We are now in a position where we are comfortably off after 40 years of working hard and now this. We had lots of plans. I feel we have had our future stolen from us.

Thank you anyway for responding. Very much appreciated.

Posted 21 Jan 2021 at 22:33
What we are doing quickly is getting our finances in order and our wills reviewed. I also started thinking about whether I should stay in our house. Isn’t that terrible. I cannot seem to stop racing ahead. I will be a widow.
Posted 21 Jan 2021 at 23:19
I was 45 when John was diagnosed - that was 12 years ago. If he responds well to the treatment you might still be here planning activities in 15 years time.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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