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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does a shadow on liver after rectal cancer treatment indicate?

My husband had T2 rectal cancer and had surgery 1 year ago, doctor said "they got it all" 2 days ago he had a follow up ct scan which indicated "a shadow" on his liver, the doctor had ordered another scan but says it is routine, we are concerned that the cancer has spread, even though his CEA tests have been ok
Mon, 19 May 2014
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Since your husband has rectal cancer and CT scan is showing shadow on his liver i would suggest u do FNAC from the shadow in liver to see its nature.Rectal cancer can easily spread to liver.
Blood for CEA and CT scan of upper abdomen is to be done after 1 month to see whether shadow is increasing or not.
If FNAC is positive then palliative chemotherapy needs to be started.

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