After a long and arduous day at U of U and Huntsman yesterday, Rob brought me home. We received some good news, yet still felt some disappointment.
The good news: the mass is a little smaller. We don't know how much smaller, but the radiologist was so encouraged by that, he opted to not risk the planned biopsy. Loops of bowel sit between my skin and the tumor. The University of Utah doctor said the chance of nicking the bowel is high in my case and felt it would be expedient to check the size of the thing again in a couple of weeks. He recommended getting started on some steroids immediately and sent us back to the oncologist at Huntsman.
As we walked down the hall towards Clinic 2E, I met a lady and her husband coming the other direction. I recognized her and she recognized me. We said each others' name as we met. It was Lezlie Porter Smith. We went to high school together. We were on the tall flag team together my senior (her junior) year. I've recently become Facebook friends with her. It has been 34 years since we last saw each other. She was there with her husband who has colon cancer than has metastasized to his liver. They were there to attempt an experimental treatment, because five rounds of chemo have done nothing. Talk about putting things into perspective for me!
We waited to visit with my doctors, who looked over images and reconsidered the radiologist's readings, but decided in the end to allow a two week window to see if in indeed the mass is shrinking. My internist voted against the steroid idea. Instead, I was given 2 large bottles of contrast to take home and rescheduled for yet another CT on December 21 at Huntsman (instead of the U). We'll see what happens then.
I was hopeful that I would have a firm diagnosis and a treatment plan in place when I came home. Patience is a virtue I need to learn.
Thanks for all the prayers. Tumor shrinkage is an answer to prayers!