The outcome of my full body bone scan is described below in an e-mail to my immediate family and a close friend:
"The radiologist's report reads in part: There is a localized area of increased uptake (of radionuclide) associated with the very posterior aspect of the 9th or 10th rib on the left. There is also a curvilinear increased uptake associated with the region of the trochanter(upper femur) on the left.
The radiologist verbally advised my primary physician, Dr. Hansen, that he detected no clear indication of metastasis. By phone Dr. Hansen explained the suspicious areas could be the result of earlier bone trauma of one type or another, e. g., fractures or degeneration. In view of my Pca history neither the radiologist nor Dr. Hansen could rule out metastasis and recommended a full body scan six months from now. Incidentally these findings were supported by six standard x-ray views of the spine and pelvic region conducted subsequent to the full body scan."
As the long-term reader with a good memory will readily appreciate, it is not the first time this Pca warrior-veteran has been caught up between the devil and the deep blue sea. And in all likelihood, it will not be the last.
The next order of business will be an endorectal MRI suggested by Dr. Myers at our most recent routine appointment. This should be completed within the next three or four weeks.