For the last six weeks or so, Sandi has had two spots on the top of her head that have looked a little off. They had looked at them and thought they were nothing. Until yesterday, when they had suddenly grown massively in size and height and had become very painful.
The cancer doctor took one look at them and said they were Lymphomas. Cancer. No question. Not only did he see those two, he saw what he believes to be a third Lymphoma that has suddenly erupted in the back of her throat. This is on top of at least one he had diagnosed off of her CT scan. So, the count was four. Of the four, the one that would be the least complicated to get a sample from turned out to be the sinus one as the other ones would also involve the services of a plastic surgeon.
This morning, in the office of the ENT, he was able to get three samples from her sinus tumor. The doctor believes he got more than enough to determine which type of Lymphoma it is in there. He concurs with the current belief that the four tumors they know about are most likely all the same type of lymphoma.
This means the cancer is back and has returned with a vengeance.
He also concurs with the belief of her cancer doctors that, in all likelihood, she has multiple recurrent Lymphoma sites scattered elsewhere in her body. He supported the idea that the PET Scan is needed ASAP as he seems to agree that most likely there is other organ involvement and other horrible possibilities.
The biopsy went as well as possible. Without being graphic, she is having some drainage and some pain, but not nearly as much ans we feared. Things have slowly gotten a little better as the day has gone on. He plans to see her as a followup next Wednesday afternoon.
The PET Scan has to be done through the hospital and we have yet to hear when that is scheduled. The plan had been to have it no later than next Wednesday. All we know tonight is that it will not be tomorrow.
At this point, we see the ENT Wednesday afternoon for a followup.
After that, we are supposed to see the the cancer folks on Thursday morning for labwork and a doctor visit. While it was not officially schedules, we expect chemo to be started again at that time. We have no idea what treatment schedule will be undertaken, but they clearly feel a strong sense of urgency to get things underway as her situation has deteriorated markedly in the past month in multiple areas.
Friday morning we both are supposed to see our respective cardiologists. That meant be rescheduled depending on what happens Thursday.
This is all we know at this point. We both are exhausted from the stress of the last two days. On behalf of Sandi, thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and best wishes expressed here and elsewhere.