Thursday, February 07, 2013

Doctor Day--Update

The news today was not at all good. It is once again a Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. This particular subtype,  while it is not the same ones she had before, is in the same family. That means radiation is now off the table and would be of no use with this cancer.

Instead, that are sending her to another hospital a fair distance from here and to a specialist in "advanced and complicated" cases who is experienced with doing bone marrow/stem cell transplants. Sandi's only chance for chemotherapy to work at all and for her to have any time in remission again is if they can do a bone marrow/stem cell transplant deal. Whether or not she is a candidate for that, we don't know yet, though her current cancer doctor believes she probably is one.

Assuming she is, that sort of deal (which I have no idea how that works at this point) will be done while she has chemotherapy. This is a six month or longer process before we will know if any of it is working.

Before that can happen she will have to go back in the hospital here for her port surgery as the port will now definitely be put back into her chest. We don't know when that surgery will happen and are hoping for next week.

Obviously, this is not the news we were hoping for today and we had no idea at all that anything regarding a bone marrow transplant deal was being considered. We are just stunned.


Terry W. Ervin II said...

Very sorry to hear the far less than postive news. Prayers continue, Kevin.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Terry. We need a healing wizard from one of your excellent books. :))

pattinase (abbott) said...

So sorry to hear this, Kevin. Any time I feel sorry for myself, I think of you and your ordeals. Horrible.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Patti. Hope everything is okay with you and yours.

mb said...

So sorry about this continuing heaping up of catastrophe. As Alice Munro says near the end of _Dear Life_, 'It wouldn't do in fiction.' Still, there it is, and no way to be rescued from it. Keeping all of you in mind.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you. yes, it would not do in fiction, but maybe in GLEE? :))