Mombu 2008-09-23 02:40:26
A good friend of mine had a CT scan the other day and they found a
“shadow on the liver”. Of course, he’s worried about it being cancer.
Anybody out there know the odds of that? What else could it be? If
it is actually cancer, what are the odds that it’s a liver primary as
opposed to it being a metastasis from someplace else?
Larry 2008-09-23 02:40:36
Need the exact language from the CT report. Don’t think the word
“shadow” is a medical term.
Stew 2008-09-23 02:40:36
I think shadow is a medical term,(as in) shadow spot on liver
inconsistent with calcification or cavitation
Mombu 2008-09-23 02:41:25
I never saw the CT report. This is just a friend who told me that he
was afraid of possibly having cancer because they found a spot (I
think he said “spot”) on his liver.
I am telling him to relax and not to worry for now. I was just
looking for some numbers to tell him that the odds of him having
cancer vs something benign are pretty low. I’m telling him that
anyway, but it would have been nice to be able to say “90 percent of
spots are benign – and to be able to say that such-and-such benign
something-or-another causes spots on the liver. In the meantime I
have found some sites on google that said that it was much more likely
to be benign…
After walking around like he’s already dead, he’s been relaxing a bit
about it now. He’s got an MRI scheduled for next week and I imagine
that he’ll know more at that point. As many have said, the waiting
seems to be the worst part…