On Tuesday, I had my four-month checkup with my gyn-oncologist. My exam was fine - everything appeared normal - but he informed me that the CT scan I had a couple of months ago showed that my tailbone is larger than it was when I had my last CT, about 1.5 years earlier.
He said that endometrial cancer doesn't usually spread to the tailbone but he wants me to have a bone scan. Apparently, they inject you with a dye then you have to wait 3-5 hours before they do the scan. Oh joy.
The oncologist who did my radiation treatments told me that I should have a PET scan - that was right after I finished treatment, in December 2010. The gyn-oncologist didn't feel it was necessary so I didn't get one. But from what I read tonight, it looks like a PET might be better than a bone scan to find out if my cancer has metastasized. I'm thinking about calling the rad-onc today.
I have a lot of pain in my tailbone but that's nothing new. I fell down a flight of steps about 30 years ago and broke it and I've had chronic pain ever since. It's always worse if I spend a lot of time sitting, and I've been sitting a lot the last several months. My tailbone hurts pretty much continuously.
If the cancer has spread to my bones, it's terminal. The only treatment they can give at that point is for pain relief. And cancer in the bones is very, very painful.
Maybe those voices telling me I'm going to die soon weren't hallucinations after all.