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  • #31
    This is fairly standard...comparison...

    Once I rec'd a voicemail sunday night, last labor day 12:20am....from the hospital...a few days after my bloodwork, scans, xray...

    I saw the number that had called - the hospital...heart racing...dialed voice mail...the docs assistant went on about apologizing for leaving a message so late...but was working and just wanted to let me know....all was fine...

    I'm sure your son is fine...just hospitals doing their job to compare all results.

    - lump first noticed 11/20/2005
    - I/O right Dec 8, 2005
    - 95% embryonal / 5% seminoma
    - normal markers PRE surgery
    - no vascular invasion, tunica free of cancer, epididymis free of cancer, lungs free, lymph free
    - Stage I diagnosis
    - surveillance
    - mid feb '06, beta hcg slightly elevated = 4.6...small enlarged lower node seen on CT scan...
    - 3BEP began feb 20, 2006
    - finished 3 BEP, last bleo, april 17, 2006
    - CT scan, blood markers, chest..all clear
    - back on surveillance


    • #32
      Originally posted by MRMRSU
      So please pardon the newbie question I'm about to ask, but is it recommended that a patient request these CD's of the radiology films? I feel so backwards and silly for not knowing that you could even request that. Here I was thinking that the written reports were all I needed. Would love feedback on this.
      The report is the interpretation from the radiologist. Most doctors use the report alone to guide diagnoses, but the really good ones will actually look at the films themselves to confirm the conclusions of the radiologist.

      It's a good habit to request the CD with films soon after they are taken. To request them, the patient needs to make the request in writing with a signature, and in most cases, this should be free. You usually get the CD in the mail within a few days.
      "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
      11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
      12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


      • #33
        you can request a disc for yourself at our hospital but usually the doc will request a disc and get a written report. when we went to indy in april i took a copy of the latest scans/reports and x-rays. the disc/report i took in july could not be opened by either dr. foster or dr. einhorn as they couldnt beleive the report which said all normal. still went ahead with surgery (rplnd) the next day. the week after i got home we went to hospital and requested another disc no charge, and sent to indy of which they could open that one.
        Last edited by k.strehle; 08-19-07, 05:46 PM. Reason: spelling and words
        severe back pain ( found to be tumor rpgct) no pain/irregularities with twins at all
        diagnosed 11-15-06 stage 3c mets to lungs/shortness of breath, choriocarcinoma, hcg 212,000
        11-16-06 1st of 4 rnds. in patient bep
        2-07 1st of 3 rnds. in patient salvage tip
        met dr. einhorn 4-17-07 ultra-sound (1st one)
        5-10-07 left i/o (immature teratoma)
        7-12-07 rplnd (dr.foster)
        8-16-07 all-clear and in surveillance mode
        started TRT...androgel 12-5-08
        fight the good can win


        • #34
          Thanks all..Jane, you are so right...even though it has been two years for our boys...that feeling just never goes away....I hate that when I look at Chris...I sometimes fear something could be wrong...instead of looking at a healthy 22 year old who should never be sick at this age...I just hate the mind just races with crazy thoughts ...thanks Jane, you have always been there for me...much love and happiness to Josh!Mary Ellen


          • #35
            Hi Mary Ellen,
            Catching up on posts and wondered if you heard back on the CT?
            Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


            • #36
              Karen, I am embarrassed to admit that when Chris has any tests, I wait about a week to call..thinking if they haven't called, it must be alright...I know it sounds rdiculous...I assume it would have been sent by now from Sloan...I will be calling next week to find out...thanks for concern Karen...I am a coward when it comes to these tests and I admit to you soon...Mary Ellen


              • #37
                Mary Ellen,
                It's not ridiculous at all, dear friend. Looking forward to an "all clear" this week from you !
                Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.