First the good news. . .I had a brain MRI and a chest/abdominal CT today. Both have remained unchanged and my oncologist stated that he sees no evidence of cancer at this time. I will remain on the 50 mg of Tarceva. I am still having several side effects so he does not want to increase my dosage.
The bad news is that there was a new finding today. The radiologist identified what he and my dr. believe is an infection in the space between the vertebrae in my spine. He said it is between T1 and T4. He asked me a lot of questions about the infections I had after my brain surgery, which was followed by 7 weeks of IV antibiotics. He did a physical examination and I have no pain where the area is. He asked if I had any fevers, sweating, etc., and the answer to all was no. He mentioned that there was a chance that they may have to biopsy the area, but he felt pretty sure that it was not cancer as he said it was rare for cancer to spread to that area. He wants me to have an MRI. He seemed concerned but not too much so, but I did notice that the MRI is to be ASAP. I wasn't very worried when I left his office.
Of course when I came home I started Googling spinal infections and OH MY! I thought this was not much to be worried about but my searches are telling me otherwise! So my questions are, how dangerous is a spinal infection? What could cause it and what is the treatment?
Thank so much!