.. .but I still can't tell you how bad things really are. The bigger spot that you can see was present last time, and has grown only 2 mm , which is good, since it is slow growing. those 2 tiny ones were not present in May 20th 2008, and are also slow growing. So this is good. At least it is not aggressive .
We have to go back on Wednesday for more scans ( MRspectroscopy of this tumor).
RI Spectroscopy (MRS)
MRI Spectroscopy (MRS) is a special technique used for characterization of the biochemistry of tumors, infarcts, and other pathology.
MRS is used to obtain information about chemical composition. MRS measurements are commonly made on chemical samples and tissues. In animals and humans a number of chemical concentrations can be obtained over a period of time. From this information, rates of change in specific metabolites can be determined.
MRS is useful for demonstrating aspects of physiology such as tumor aggressiveness and anaerobic metabolism.( FROM WWW)
Anyway, we still have slight hope that this is NOT tumor growing back, but very likely it is. We already discussed what are our options IF it is tumor... and this time there are not much available.
Of course I do have one good news. After we got home from CHLA today, i got a phone call from St Jude office here in Orange county. They gave us tickets to go to see WALKING WITH DINOSAURS in opening night in Staples center on September 25th 7PM. I am so exited. PS. Funny thing is I was just talking with my good friend about showing Reginas scans to our St Jude doctor. Maybe it is a sign.......:)