My sister-in-law (52-years old) was diagnosed with stage three colon and rectal cancer in July. She began chemotherapy in mid-August and finished last week. In October, her first CT scan since undergoing chemo, showed significant tumor shrinkage. The scan she had this week still showed success with shrinkage; however, two other disconcerting things appeared. She has a spot on her liver that was not there two months ago. Both the radiologist and oncologist believe that it is not cancerous, as it doesn't have the characteristics of cancer, and said that a new cancer would not grow while someone is undergoing chemo. They also told her that the nodule that is in her lung has shrunk. However, they never even told her previously that she had a nodule! They didn't say how large it was, whether it could be cancer, etc. So, I'm wondering, given the fact that the nodule has shrunk (I don't know how much.), is it likely that the nodule is responding to chemotherapy, and therefore likely malignant? Or, is it possible the nodule was due to lymph nodes, infection, etc. and has shrunk on its own? The oncologist has not said anything, other than next month they will proceed with radiation and oral chemo as planned, and then do another scan in two months to see how both the liver spot and nodules compare in size to the scan this week. He didn't mention doing a biopsy, PET scan, etc., so I'm not sure if he's not concerned about the nodule being cancerous, if it's too small to biopsy / get an accurate PET scan result, etc. Does anyone have any knowledge on this topic? The oncologist told her in August that her cancer is completely treatable and it was only in one lymph node...but now we are left to wonder for at least a couple of months, if her prognosis is still pretty good, or if the staging was incorrect and she's actually terminal. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!