Jun 18, 2010 - 8:34 pm
i went to the oncology center this afternoon to have my port flushed and ran into the charge nurse we'd befriended during my chemo--last one over 7 months ago. it was great to see her, and i thought to ask her re: having my slightly enlarged periaortic node biopsied. since my chart was right there, she took a look and said "absolutely not." she went on to say that it was just a little node with nothing around it, but if there were lots of suspicious cells floating around it, then maybe. she told me it's likely scar tissue, and not to worry about it, so i'm basically not going to worry anymore--to the extent i can help it.
charge nurse nancy also said that if it were cancer, then the very large needle it would take to reach the node would undoubtedly bring out some cells with it when it was removed, and if my immune system wasn't able to dispose of these cells, then new cancer sites would begin. so, LEAVE IT ALONE, at least for now.
so, sisters, did my two doctors just not think we'd be interested in hearing this ? do we have to anticipate all the questions, all the time to get some straight answers?? i guess so, unless you have a charge nurse like mine-- who then flushed my port, not something she usually does, and talked poker with us for the next 1/2 hour. love that woman!!!!!! i swear i'm never going to make another treatment decision without consulting her as well.
best to everyone,