Dec 3, 2019 Update

Today was the day of that all-important PET scan. Shortly thereafter I met with the oncologist to get the results.  After everything was explained to me, I had the feeling similar to watching a football game that ends in a tie. Not much to celebrate but then again, nothing to be upset about. In other words, everything was about the same. The tumor on my liver is about the same size as it was at my last PET scan.  Some of the lesions in my lungs have gotten smaller but others have gotten larger.  The oncologist suspects that the larger ones are just inflamed from the treatment. The thrombosis that has grown up into my heart remains unchanged.  So even though I described this as a tie game, a doctor friend of mine said that stopping an aggressive growing cancer like this is a victory and he would take that every day of the week!  So I’m going to change my mind and call it a win!

Since the tumor on the liver and the lesions in the lungs have stabilized a little more focus will be directed towards the thrombosis in the inferior vena cava extending into my heart. We have a meeting scheduled with another doctor on December 19 to discuss options which could include doing nothing, surgery to remove it, or something in between. There are risks associated with every option but worth discussing.  One thing is for certain…nothing is going to happen until I get to hold my grandson around Dec 27!!  So for now the every other week treatment will continue as is until something changes or someone has a better idea. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


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