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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-18 17:07
Subject: [cancer] Some good news
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
A couple of pieces of good news since last I posted. (And it's amazing how relative one's standards for "good" news can be.)

Spoke to my cancer doc. He tells me that the PET report shows lymph nodes clear. Right now we're running with the assumption of no lymphatic involvement. That's huge for me, both emotionally and medically, as it removes the biggest, darkest black hole of fear, pain and mortality from this equation. I still have questions about how the cancer got from the colon to liver, and what that implies for the lymph, but we're not looking at immediate risks there. A big bullet dodged.

On the liver, he wants to proceed with some support from a liver cancer specialist and the tumor board at the hospital. Next steps are probably MRI and biopsy. He characterizes the PET report as "anomalies" rather than "tumors" at this point, but that's not so much optimism as precision about the lack of full information. I'll go in sometime next week when I'm back from my travels for a consult, and possibly the MRI.

On the polyp and the possible recurrence of colon cancer, the path report came back today. Polyp was benign but definitely pre-cancerous. We'll be discussing my colonoscopy schedule at the consult, and the long-term implications of this. While upsetting in their own right, that's another bullet dodged for right now.

So I'm down from three possible cancers to one. The liver cancer is curable, manageable, addressable; and I'll only be fighting one damned thing at time. The colon stuff may become a lifetime rearguard action, but it won't accelerate my mortality much so long as I'm extremely diligent. And the lymphatic involvement, well, it's off the table.

Amazing what can count as good news, isn't it? It's a weird life I have when the prospect of liver surgery is an upgrade and cause for optimism, but that's true.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2009-05-19 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whew! Definitely good news. I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-05-19 01:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, I give you credit for being able to keep your own quirky and creative mind still doing its quirky and amusing thing through all of this and referring to "the colon stuff" as a "lifetime rearguard action".* Humor is important to healing.



* I mean, that *was* deliberate, no?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-05-19 01:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh hell yes, it was deliberate. :p
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2009-05-19 01:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Breathing a huge sigh of relief with you.
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Ann
User: ann1962
Date: 2009-05-19 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is great news to hear.
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cathschaffstump: honu
User: cathschaffstump
Date: 2009-05-19 01:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:honu
My Bryon is the same on the precancerous colon polyps. It really is vigilance, but you know that.

Great news on the lymph.

Catherine
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Jon Hansen
User: jonhansen
Date: 2009-05-19 01:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good (for all relative values of good).
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-05-19 01:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is great news!
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2009-05-19 01:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank goodness for good news. Good luck with everything, and hang in there.
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Karrin Jackson
User: karjack
Date: 2009-05-19 01:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Phew! Great news.
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Richard Parks
User: ogre_san
Date: 2009-05-19 01:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bad enough, but yeah, could have been a lot worse. We'll keep up with the good thoughts.
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catsparx: couple
User: catsparx
Date: 2009-05-19 01:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:couple
Good luck with your treatment, Jay. I hope it's swift and effective.
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girlie jones
User: girliejones
Date: 2009-05-19 01:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OH Jay! Sending you much love and you are in my thoughts.
I guess you always would have had this colon issue which you would have had to have managed thusly - regular colonoscopies and removal of polyps as they're found.

The rest - I wish you the very best!
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2009-05-19 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Knowledge is power -go, you! Still beaming encouragement from Omaha (well, as of tomorrow it'll be from California).
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lauriemann
User: lauriemann
Date: 2009-05-19 01:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I was reading your better news, the Penguins got a goal and the Civic Arena erupted in applause. Seemed appropriate! Hope things go well as they investigate your liver.
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dinogrl: infinity and beyond
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-05-19 01:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:infinity and beyond
I'm breathing now. I'm sure you are too. Rearguard, indeed!
That is why you are a force of nature, YaY!
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