The good news:
- The CT scan, PET scan and the Bone Marrow Biopsy all confirmed one fact -- the Lymphoma had NOT spread to any other part of his body or lymph nodes.
- Because Steve's Lymphoma was only detected in one lymph node group, his groin, it is still considered to be a STAGE 1 cancer. (I guess I was wrong about this earlier.)
Then he shared some of the other findings:
- The PET scan revealed irregularities in his Thyroid gland, mostly on the right side. Dr. Liao said he will order an ultrasound but in most cases, this turns out to be benign nodules.
- The PET scan also revealed a thickening of his bowel wall but once again, he said it was not cancer.
Since there is some question as to the type of Lymphoma that Steve has, we are going to wait to have his port installed and begin Chemotherapy until next Friday, October 14th. We are going to wait until we get a second pathology report from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and wait until we get the results from the FISH test done. Once we have that, we can decide whether or not a third opinion may be needed to confirm his prognosis and the best course of treatment. Dr. Liao said he would even send the specimen off to the very best Lymphoma pathologists in the nation to be sure of the results.
Steve and I want to thank you all for your continued prayers. He wants you to know that he can actually feel them and he is energized by them. He also welcomes phone calls or notes. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to update the blog as we find out more.