I had a CT scan after almost 3 years of clean scans and there is a spot on my liver. I had a PET scan done last week and waiting for the results...and very worried. Any one had liver surgery?
Hi - can you give us more information about your primary, stage, and treatment? That might help assess the probability of a liver met. I have a hemangioma (bruise?) on my liver that didn't show up in initial scans. I was told this is pretty common.
I am stage IIIB, primary on the back of left calf in 11/07. I have done 8 months of Interferon ending in 12/08. The current "spot" is only 1.3 cm. PET results will be back this week.
Yes, I had a liver resection in 2005. On a routine PET/CT, a 3.3 cm liver lesion was detected in the right lobe of my liver. I had a CT guided liver biopsy that confirmed melanoma.
Almost 2 months later, I had a liver resection. The liver surgeon wanted to allow time for other liver mets to show up. If that had happened, then surgery would not have been an option. By the time of surgery, the liver met had grown to 4.5 cm. The surgeon removed 70% of my liver...the maximum amount of liver tissue and my gallbladder (to give the melanoma one less place to go). During surgery, he did discover one small tumor (positive for melanoma) nearby that was not seen on scans.
Surgery was an option since this was my only area of metastasis and since this was thought to be a single tumor. My surgeon was very aggressive which I think is a big reason as to why I am still here today.
If in fact this is a spread of melanoma to your liver, I would be very happy to share more information with you. Feel free to email me or post.
Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets
How long was your recovery for the surgery?
I would say my recovery was 6-8 weeks. I was in the hospital for 7 days...the intensive care unit for the first couple. I then entered a Phase II clinical trial of GM-CSF for 12 months.
Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets
My husband had a spot found on a CT scan after 7 years NED from stage iiia - it was indeterminable (about 1 cm in size, but couldn't say for sure whether it was benign or malignent). They did an MRI 3 months later and ruled it benign. They saw it again this year, and it's the same.
Again, this was found after 7 years of completely clean PET/CT scans.
Of course, it is impossible to say that this is what you're going through, but I just wanted to put a positive story out there.
Take care, and I hope it's nothing but a hemangioma or some other benign pesky spot.
appreciate the info you can give me.
gaby from Argentina
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving....because...even with all the craziness....we do have much to be thankful for!
Praying for good results on your scans!
Debbie Stage 4 NED
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