Friday, September 20, 2013

A New Development

We found out today that the biopsy showed that I have liver cancer, stage 1,  caught very early.  One of the blood markers for cancer has a normal result of 6.0 and lower.  Mine was 6.1 - so that's really early.

 Have an appointment Monday with oncologist for consultation about treatment options.   Dr. Ruch is relatively new to the area, and starting a new practice.  He was highly recommended by a colleague of Dr. Burke's, my primary care physician.  Dr. Burke thinks that this new Doc will be up to date on all of the latest techniques and treatments.

Dr. Burke recommends surgery to remove the cancer if I can qualify for it.  Because of my anemia,  low platelet count and diabetes it may be a moot point.  It depends on how risky the surgeon thinks it might be.  It will be interesting to see what the oncologist says.

 We are optimistic and hopeful - all other test results have been normal, and we are convinced of a positive outcome.

I don't really know how to do this living with cancer thing - I suppose you just do as you're told, cross your fingers and hope for the best.  What helps me the most right now is having  a great life partner such as Dick who is caring, willing and effective :)

I am mentally using Barb as my inspiration for overcoming - I want to be a survivor, too :)   And also my Kanitz niece Pam, who is battling breast cancer with such humor and fortitude!

 It's really amazing how fast things are moving and how lucky I've been to get immediate appointments.  Stay tuned :)