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Update from the oncologist

KathyC

Well-Known Member
#1
Received a call from the lymphoma dr a while ago. The surgeon talked to her about the abnormal cells but none are testing as cancer; she agreed that we had tried hard enough to get a good biopsy so we shall stop for now.

She said she was afraid this might be an aggressive form of lymphoma but she is now confident that it is not lymphoma. There is a possibility it could be some other slow growing cancer so they will monitor it closely every few months. Surgeon told her he was afraid if we continue to go into the spine that 1 of the procedures will lead to additional problems as the spine is in such a fragile condition. She said they had to first eliminate the cancer but will now focus, for the time being, on attempting to get some relief from the pain in the lower spine.

Although we still have no answer as to what IS in the spine, we are happy to push the cancer business to the back burner for a little while. Kind of feel like we have had a weight lifted off of us for a little while at least & ready to get back to living life again.

We've made it thru another hurdle in our roller coaster ride but as I sit here I wonder how young Elliott is doing. Hoping to hear some positive news about him soon.
 

popcorn

Well-Known Member
#2
Good to read that the specialist agrees to putting the cancer worry on the back burner for now and try to ease the back. Can you think about a cruise now?

Liz
 

MisterD21

If you take me serious, it's your problem
#3
Very happy to hear that it is not lymphoma... Now if they can get to relieving the pain a bit you'll be in a better position to figure out the rest of the mess. After they figure out what exactly it IS... and treat that, you can then consider surgery to repair the spinal damage.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#4
Kathy - I'm so happy to see that cancer has been pushed aside, even though you don't have a definitive answer as to what is going on with Mike's spine. Thank God for the favor of no "C" word!
 

JacquieP

Well-Known Member
#5
Kathy, I was hoping you would have a more definitive diagnosis, but I'm thrilled they're going to get busy working to get Mike's pain under control. We tend to be able to handle whatever news comes our way when we're not in so much pain. Please keep us posted.
 

GloBug

Senior Flea Coller Tester
#6
So much easier to concentrate on the other issues now that you don't have that sword hanging over your heads. prayers continue.
 

TexasSue

Well-Known Member
#7
sounds promising. Now you can concenrate on the back pain and when they get that taken care of hopefully all will be smooth sailing. Continued prayers that all works out.

Susan
 

JANPEP

Well-Known Member
Community Sponsor
#9
Kathy
Good to hear that it is not cancer, Hopefully they can get the pain under control & you can enjoy life again.
Prayers & good thoughts are on the way for both you & Mike.
 

Beryl

Trivia Specialist
#10
Kathy....I'm so happy for you in the good part of this diagnosis but I cannot help but feel the frustration that you must feel in the (still) "not kowing for sure". I am so glad that they are going to concentrate on relieving some of the pain that Mike endures every single day. In doing so I pray that his (and your) quality of life improves dramatically. I'm hoping that now you can have some pleasure in moving forward with the planning of your cruise and that when the time to board the ship arrives you will both feel rested and well enough to enjoy it fully! Keeping you both in my prayers and sending loads of cyber hugs!
 

Karry

Well-Known Member
#11
Kathy....I'm so happy for you in the good part of this diagnosis but I cannot help but feel the frustration that you must feel in the (still) "not kowing for sure". I am so glad that they are going to concentrate on relieving some of the pain that Mike endures every single day. In doing so I pray that his (and your) quality of life improves dramatically. I'm hoping that now you can have some pleasure in moving forward with the planning of your cruise and that when the time to board the ship arrives you will both feel rested and well enough to enjoy it fully! Keeping you both in my prayers and sending loads of cyber hugs![/QUOTE
I echo Beryl's kind and wise words and I too hope that very soon you will be able to start planning that cruise you have been looking forward to! :spyglass::doubleup:
 

bostongal

Well-Known Member
#12
Kathy - Glad that the specialist agrees with switching your focus for the time being to pain control/management and restoring some quality of life! I hope that there are some answers for Mike's pain so that you can begin to enjoy life again together and possibly take a cruise!

Meg
 

Tobyn

Well-Known Member
#13
Glad to hear at least SOME good news. Sure hope they are able to to take of the pain issue so you and DH can enjoy some quality of life. Prayers continue.
 

H2O babe

Well-Known Member
#14
Kathy - I, too, am pleased to hear something positive! I sure hope you will have the opportunity to plan and go on another cruise.

Kay
 

Corky

Well-Known Member
#15
Kathy - thank you for the update, and thank goodness it isn't lymphoma after all. I pray that Mikes pain is soon relieved and that you two can start picking up the pieces from this roller coaster you've been on for the last couple of years. (((HUGS)))
 

Cruise cutie

Well-Known Member
#16
I too am in line with all the others in hopes to get Mike comfortable, get on track to stabilize and get a routine in place to be less roller -coaster..and some travel relief for stress...hugs
prayers continue......Joanne
 

nieciez

Well-Known Member
Community Sponsor
#18
Kathy, I hope that they can find some relief for Mike's pain so he can get his strength back....prayers and best wishes continue.