A New Protocol for My Cancer Surveillance

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.

Summary of the Ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvis done October 4, 2020.

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.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/


  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras (Post author)

    Thank you so much Mare Sonia for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Waleed and I are doing okay despite some health challenges we both face. Yes, Waleed is also now with health issues and is taking nearly a dozen meds. What about you and Pare Boy? And the children? Hope that you are all in the best of everything! Is Pare Boy still working here in Kuwait?


  2. Sonia penalba

    Wish you good health mare Freda. Warm regards to you and pare walid.

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