Small Update – Biopsy Failure #2

Just a very quick, small update.

As mentioned in the previous post, Mum had to undergo a second operation as a result of the brain biopsy not being viable to test for the presence of a B-RAF mutation cell. She had a quick day-unit procedure last Friday, where a tissue sample was taken from the mass in the liver. Unfortunately however, this sample has also come back as not being viable as there were not enough cancer cells present (bearing in mind the mass in the liver is a very small 3mm in diameter – so this isn’t a surprising outcome!). A 3rd biopsy procedure will most likely be required, but in the meantime, Mum is scheduled to have a PET Scan (information on this below) tomorrow morning which hopefully can provide some more insight into what’s going on inside Mum’s body!

I’ll post again as soon as we have the results from the scan and once we have a plan for the possible third biopsy procedure.


PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan

In short, patients who are diagnosed with cancer may have a PET Scan, which basically gives information as to the state of the body’s tissues and what they look like. PET Scans hold the ability of being able to expose cancer locations, the stage of which they’re at, whether it’s benign or malignant (lump or growing tumour), and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.

Prior to the scan, a special dye is injected called a ‘radiotracer’ which, as it flows through the body, is visible in the scans. Basically, this dye makes you and your little cancer friends light up like a Christmas tree for festive easy viewing. PET Scans are relatively easy to have, similar to a CT or MRI, and take approximately 30 minutes.  

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