The PET scan was not clean.
The PET scan continued (third scan in a row) to show low-level abnormalities in the left lung. Dr. O thinks it's residual radiation damage, but unnamed Dr. Radiologist wrote on the report that those are usually gone within 9 months after radiation. My radiation ended 8 months ago. Per usual, my result falls into a gray area.
The PET scan also showed low-level abnormalities in my left chest wall. This too is probably part of the recovery process, but here again the conclusion is that it has had nearly ample time to recover. This result combined with the above result equals a breast MRI at noon today. I might get those results today, if a radiologist is available to read the results. More likely is that I'll get the results on Monday. I'll let you know in the comments.
Isn't a "breast" MRI a moderately offensive misnomer to investigate an area from which the breast has been removed? I suppose "breast" is used generally to refer to the region at large, but it is nonetheless irritating for a person lacking a literal breast. But I digress...
And finally (no, we're not done yet), the PET scan showed a low-level abnormality in my colon somewhere. This means I get to have a colonoscopy on February 21st, and I hear that they just do biopsies as needed during the procedure. Good times.
Hence the 2.5 designation of my ranked outcomes from the previous post. I should have known that I would get results that fall awkwardly between my expectations.
Dr. O is not alarmed by any of these things. She does not expect any dire outcomes, although I don't feel that she sufficiently explained why or why not. I, on the other hand, am disappointed and of course moderately alarmed. I have been told before not to be alarmed but then what was the outcome? Oh, right. Inflammatory breast cancer. So I will take a deep breath, and another, and another, and try to slow my 104 beats-per-minute heart. I certainly don't need that body part to fail me now.