Jan 12, 2013 - 2:54 pm
For the "newbies" who may wonder why I'm posting on this board, my daughter, Johnnybegood, is a 4+ years survivor of Colon Cancer, we are both members here and this is our "cyber family". Just wanted to clear that one up.
Yesterday, we saw the second onc at MDA. Next week, hubby will have another PET/CT(insurance permitting) to further determine the extent of his tumors. He'll then have a lung biopsy.
This doctor is pretty straightforward. If he discovers that the lung tumor is a met, he will probably treat with chemo only. No rads or surgery for the H/N or lung. Given hubby's various other medical problems, it's likely that his body wouldn't withstand those anyway and the discomfort and side effects would be for nought. If the lung tumor is a different primary, there's a small possibilty that Vats would be done on the lung and minimal chemo/rads would be used for the H/N with possible surgery. The prognosis is not good either way. He just has too many strikes already.
In addition, we went to the wound clinic for a foot ulcer which hasn't healed for months. He now has a special $50 shoe which enables him to walk, albeit awkardly, on his heel.
Also, did a followup at the Nephrologist's office. The kidneys are slowly recovering, but he must now see a Urologist to see what can be done to repair the damage caused when the Emg. "idiot" tried repeatedly to catherize him. A feat which can't be accomplished due to a previous botched surgery.
So, it goes on and on. I really can't blame him for wanting to "give up". But, I know that not our motto here. So, if I can just convince him to "put one foot in front of the other" each day, we'll trudge forward.
Will let you know more, after the tests.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.