Feb 25, 2014 - 7:55 am
Hello everyone !
My older Brother recently had a FNB of a couple of lymph nodes in his neck. Came back (no cancer cells detected). Which was fabulous ! But these have been swollen for a long time. He doctors through the V.A. here in St. Cloud. He's had an MRI of the brain, as there was blood seen on a previous CT. That all came back o.k.
Now the top surgeon reviewed everything and has spotted a mass on that previous MRI of the brain, as they partially caught the effected area of his neck with this scan. The mass would be behind the lymph nodes they biopsied. Go figure ! I'm assumming being as it's butted up against the jaw area maybe they're concerned with his salivary gland.
I remember my FNB....the first tech only was interested in the swollen node. She had commented, I can only see fluid which is great news ! Then the top tech came in to do the biopsy and had to push the node out of the way to get at the tumor. He said it was a real bugger to get at, and this hadn't been seen on the CT they had previously done.
He called all upset last night. I explained to him, that they probably are being very cautious because of my dx. (family history of H/N dx's is strong) His wife and I talked for quite awhile also. The V.A. is now wanting to do a CT of this area again. I explained to them, maybe it would be a good thing to have a PET/CT done. I don't know much about how the V.A. works other than they are very slow moving. He is working right now and the insurance there is very expensive so he only utilizes the V.A. I told them to check into other insurance asap. His wife is doing this today.
I may be picking on some of you that use the V.A. and are experienced with how they work. I also told him he needs to be seen by an ENT. This hasn't been done either. Any advice or good thoughts are always welcomed. Hugs ! Katie