Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[cancer] The Magic 8-Ball

The magic cancer 8-ball continues to say "Reply Hazy, Try Again Later." calendula_witch and I had my second opinion visit today with the oncologist at UCSF. Her take on my situation was roughly the same as my OHSU team's take. That is to say, suspicious situation, but too soon to tell for certain. She seemed more focused on the issue of there being multiple possible sites, whereas my oncologist in Oregon was more focused on the liver site. This doctor was careful to hold to the line that as this was still unknown, it would be premature to call this cancer without affirmative evidence.

The radiology group here will read my existing scans and present their own report. I'll do followup scans both at UCSF and OHSU (they use different CT protocols, which the oncologist at UCSF thought might be relevant), and followup consults at both institutions in the second half of July.

In other words, the results were inconclusive and I continue to be in a state of ambiguity. No factual variations. It is somewhat comforting that a completely different practice and medical team came up with essentially the same answer — hold and re-image. But I'm still in the grip of the magic cancer 8-ball for the time being. A bit fashed, run down, even depressed at the lack of progress or resolution.

Onward I go.

Originally published at jlake.com.

Tags: california, cancer, health, personal

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