ALMOST 20 years since my cancer – Leiomyosarcoma of the Uterus – diagnosis, I am now to be seen at Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC) on a yearly basis, with just a physical examination and laboratory blood studies termed as Oncology Profile. CT Scans of chest, abdomen and pelvis, the last of which done on March 24, 2019, will no longer be ordered. Even the chest X-ray and Ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvic area which I went through last October 4, 2020, in lieu of the CT Scan, will also not to be done.
Findings, as noted above, are non-cancer related, so my Oncologist deemed it not necessary to undergo any diagnostic procedures at this time.
It was a different protocol followed after a reached the 12th year, that time, visit to the Oncologist was changed from yearly to every two years with an order of CT scans of chest, abdomen and pelvis. That CT scan I went through in September 2014, showed a large tumor sitting on my right bladder, and was excised in October 2014. Biopsy came back as Leiomyosarcoma but with very low mitotic index and classified as low grade.
My visits to KCCC were then made twice a year with orders for CT scans and lasted for four years. On the 5th year through my recurrence, I was ordered to do just the Chest X-ray and Ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis after a CT scan showed “No local recurrence, pulmonary or abdominal metastases“, done March 24, 2019.
I welcome this new protocol and should I present with suspicious mass anywhere in my body during physical examination, my Oncologist assured me that I will be investigated thoroughly.