An extremely long day but at least we made it thru this part. Had a surgeon we had never met but oncologist was adamant after yesterday morning's scan that this could NOT wait til next wk for our surgeon. A thorasic surgeon this time; he cut a small hole in the neck & went in between the chest wall & the lungs. A bit nervous after the biopsy 2 mo ago of the lymph nodes in the abdomen when that dr (again not our reg surgeon) did not get enough tissue for a diagnosis, today this dr ABSOLUTELY assured me he had taken a BIG section of lymph node tissue & would definately get an answer. However, it will take a minimum of 3 days & possibly up to 8 days for results--depends on if it is a rare kind of cancer??? Oncologist said yesterday that what was in the lymph nodes in the abdomen has spread rapidly & is now in a large area in the chest wall; this 2 mo has cost us dearly as 2 of the 3 meds he takes for the Crohn's PROMOTES the growth of cancer once it develops. We knew this a yr ago but Iowa City said last winter that although it looked like cancer was coming it wasn't here YET & that the best thing we could do at the time was to aggressively fight the Crohn's which is what we have done. He nearly died last Feb from the Crohn's when it had eaten thru the intestinal wall & stool was leaking into his body; he had become extremely septic & the remicade has, to this point, really made a huge difference. So, although we do not have an absolute diagnosis of cancer we have decided on our own to stop, at least for the next 10 days, taking the 1 med he has here at home & he will cancel his remicade infusion which is supposed to be this Fri. We figure we can always restart these meds but if it is cancer we do not want to continue feeding it, not even for a wk. We see the oncologist next wk as well as the gastro dr. DH has lost another 6 lbs since last Tues--he needed to lose weight but not like this. Again I thank you for your support--it means so much to be able to just come & get off my chest everything that is weighing on my mind. I know there are alot of you out there (Mariposa for 1) who also have serious issues & although I've got alot on my mind right now I also have all of you in my thoughts.