It has thankfully been quite some time since I’ve posted a ‘Cancer Update’. When you’re dealing with cancer no news is fantastic news. When there is news…. bah!
My wife did a wonderful job compressing what I’d wind up making a long winded post so I’ll let the email she sent to her office be the update.
Sorry this is a bit long. Thought I’d give you an update on what’s going on. The two year anniversary of Mike’s cancer diagnosis is in two weeks. At that time, one of the first doctors we saw was a thoracic surgeon at Georgetown but because Mike’s cancer was Stage 4 and involved the liver, surgery to remove the esophageal tumor was off the table, never to be considered.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. Mike went for a routine colonoscopy. It was the same doctor that discovered the tumor. He asked if he could do an endoscopy to look again after hearing about all that’s transpired with the clinical trial. Of course he can! So the result was he could see something in the esophagus but he had no idea of what he was looking at. Never had seen anything like it before. He took a biopsy. The biopsy came back with cancer – the same type of cancer as before. We didn’t say anything at that time because we really didn’t know what we were dealing with. Was it coming back? Was this just the residual?
Mike’s oncologist, Dr. Pishvaian, asked for the routine CT be scheduled a week earlier than it normally would have been. The focus with the CT’s has been the liver since in all honesty that cancer is the deadly one. The CTs are compared side by side to check for any changes or reappearance of spots.
Yesterday was the appt to read the CT and discuss the other findings. The CT is still clear! So there has been no re-occurrence. Mike was sent to have another endoscopy but this one also included a sonogram. Funny thing…the doctor performing the procedure was Dr. Pishvaian’s wife. One of the purposes of the procedure was to evaluate if the tumor in the esophagus has broken through the wall of the esophagus. The good news is that is that it has not. Mike is now considered Stage 1…pretty unheard of to go from Stage 4 back to Stage 1. Three doctors advised yesterday that he have surgery to remove the tumor, this is the same surgery that was off the table 2 years ago. I saw the pictures 2 years ago and yesterday’s. It looks so different-yesterday’s looks like there are freckles where before was a very angry looking tumor.
So we are proceeding in that direction. We are awaiting an appointment with the surgeon Dr Pishvaian wants us to see, the same thoracic surgeon we saw 2 years ago. The head of Thoracic Surgery at Georgetown! The surgery is a tough one but it’s done all robotically and laproscopically. It’s about 6 hours long. Recovery is hard because of what they end up removing and rearranging (that’s all I’ll say unless you really want details as I know them now) and the changes in what can be eaten and when. We have no idea when things will happen or what other details there will be.
Thanks for listening. I’ll keep you posted.
I’ll finish in saying we will be meeting with Dr. M. Marshall Blair next Thursday morning and will find out then when the surgery is to be scheduled.
As the Grateful Dead would say,
Sometimes the lights all shinin’ on me; Other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Long and sometimes strange but always covered by my sovereign God!