Saturday, May 10, 2008

The is not a cyst

we met last Wednesday with Dr. Patel who would do my endoscopy on Friday. He is renown for his expertise in endoscopy and the one my oncologist originally wanted for my first endoscopy. He is a slender dark skinned young doctor with a british accent. After looking at the previous endoscopy results and the PET's from previous scans, he thought this might be scar tissue from the radiation or a cyst or even a dying lymph node.

We really liked him and his confidence. The endoscopy went well he went straight to the mass and accessed it with a needle to do the bioposy. The preliminary results from the pathology show evidence of Reed Steinberg cells which are cells that indicate lymphoma. This was not what we had hoped for but we are optomistic that further reports will indicate otherwise. We should know something from my oncologist Monday or Tuesday. God is in control and I believe he will move on the scene when he is best glorified.

I feel really good. my weight is up. I am not in distress and am not in pain. The mass is behind my stomach and is 2.5 cm in diameter. There are a couple of things to remember from my previouse visits with Jeff Crane my oncologist.

1. Hodgkins cells can hide anywhere in the body
2. Hodgkins cells move through out the body and in most cases move to lower parts of the body which it appears here.
3. It really is important to note that my new radiologist first noticed a spot when he reviewed my files for an appointment with him in February. He ordered the Cat scans just to be on the sfe side. Jeff ordered the PET scan when the mass just could not be identified.
4. Jeff wanted Dr. Patel in the first place but our former insurance company did not have his office approved. We now have BSBC and they are approved with Dr. Patel.
5. We will pray for God's hand in finishing the work he has begun.

Had my radiologist (who was seeing me for the first time) not noticed this, I might have gone on with this without detection.

I will post the results and the course directed by my oncologist. I love you all and please continue to pray for me and my family.

God Bless You


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