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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-26 16:46
Subject: [cancer] Dept of things you never thought you'd say -or- Things get worse
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, conventions, health, personal, travel, work
It's not every day you find yourself saying, "Please, god, let it be metastatic colon cancer," because that would be the best outcome.

Oncologist consult was a bit more exciting than we'd hoped. In summary (and right now, summary is about all there is), the mass on my liver has vanished. Apparently it was some kind of infection. The mass on my lung is now double the size it was on the May scans, and half again the size it was in July, and has been officially classed as a tumor, pending tissue biopsy. Thoracic surgery has been prescribed, sometime in November.

The surgery will be thoraciscopic, which means far less invasive than last year's colonic resectioning. Shorter hospital stay, much shorter recovery/rehab period. The mass is only about a centimeter in diameter, and it's very distinct, so it's an easy target. Back of my left lung, fairly low down, and the oncologist thinks the surgical plan will be pretty simple.

Next step is a pre-operative consult with the thoracic surgeon. Surgery will be scheduled sometime in November. Post-operatively a tissue biopsy will be conducted on the tumor to determine if it is metastatic colon cancer or a novel lung cancer. (Chemo planning will follow from that determination.)

Hence the remark above — lung cancer would be a far more serious diagnosis, with a much poorer prognosis. Even metastatic colon cancer is damned spooky in terms of cure rates and survivability, but lung...meh. We'll cross that bridge when we've set fire to the stream.

So, no further news likely til after WFC, as I won't see the surgeon before next week. The reader is invited to imagine my mental and emotional state, which I will explicate as is my wont, once I've sorted through it a bit more. For now, calendula_witch and I are keeping on with the keeping on.

A bit later today I'll sit down with the_child and explain things to her. Tonight we're having my immediately family over for a little while. And I'm off to Seattle before the crack of dawn tomorrow on Day Jobbe business, then off to San Jose on Wednesday for WFC. Distractions are a good thing.

More as it develops. Just try and shut me up.
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Kate Mulligan Wolfe
User: corasmama
Date: 2009-10-27 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll be thinking of you. When my mother was diagnosed, there was a week or so when it was unsure whether she had metastatic breast cancer or pancreatic cancer. We got through it by laughing about the idea that we were the only family in America praying for a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer! (It was)
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shelly_rae: Leaf
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2009-10-27 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Leaf
Not going to let you shut up one bit. Thank you for sharing the details you have. I mean it when I say I'll be there for whatever you need. You know my story, I say unto you, it's doable. And hey, for that bridge crossing, now I've got that asbestos coat, right? Right.
Hugs seem so inadequate but hugs anyway.
Anon, anon, anon,
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jtdiii
User: jtdiii
Date: 2009-10-27 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have my fingers crossed for you. Babble on as you desire, we will be listening.
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Jennifer Brozek
User: jennifer_brozek
Date: 2009-10-27 00:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Would you like to meet up for lunch or dinner tomorrow?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-10-27 01:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, but I'm already deeply booked with Day Jobbery. Which is probably just as well...
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Michael Curry: brutal
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-10-27 00:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:brutal
I guess I'll be hoping that you have metastatic colon cancer....which really does feels like a weird thing to hope for.

Strength to you, sir, and I'm glad you're around people to help you through this.
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markbourne: escape key
User: markbourne
Date: 2009-10-27 00:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:escape key
We're here (and/or there) with you, dude.
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miki garrison: kiss
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2009-10-27 00:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:kiss
Lots of love.

And that one sounds like a relatively easy one to scoop out, which is really good to hear, even if not the best possible of all news.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2009-10-27 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Italian in me is rising. I keep wanting to make you meals. <3
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wyld_dandelyon: great wizard by djinni
User: wyld_dandelyon
Date: 2009-10-27 00:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:great wizard by djinni
Good luck!
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2009-10-27 00:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sorry to hear that the adventure continues, Jay. Keep sharing if you feel the urge, and I'll keep you in my thoughts.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2009-10-27 00:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations on the no liver cancer.

Congratulations on the catching the lung spot while it's still small-ish.

The rest. Yeah. Hoping for the best.
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dinogrl: heart balloon
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-10-27 00:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:heart balloon
No words, except you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank God for friends and family in all this.
See you soon, with wine in hand!
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scarlettina: Hope Springs
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-10-27 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hope Springs
We;ve already talked. You know my mind. ::hug::
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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2009-10-27 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know buddy, this is a real $%^&*# way to get another personalized anthology... >:(

...but if you need another pick-me-up, I'm your man. Anytime.
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Deborah Layne
User: deborahlive
Date: 2009-10-27 01:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Stay strong.
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