It turns out that I have had liver cancer for two or three years totally unaware. It also seems that I will always have liver cancer, because it continuously recurs as time goes by. My lovely liver will need to be monitored every six months or so. The TACE procedure seems to be the current state of the art treatment for it. My interventional radiologist Dr. Picotte believes that it will take two procedures to treat it correctly.
My first appointment is for Dec. 3. I'll spend one night in the hospital afterwards, and recovery takes approximately two weeks. I'm not completely sure of the follow-up treatment date - it may be sometime at the end of January, 2014.
We're still planning to drive to Florida for Christmas, just not as soon as originally planned. We'll probably fly back in January for the second treatment, stay here for the two week recovery period, and then return to Palm City for the rest of the winter. Those are our current plans - although you know what they say about the best laid plans! We are really not quite sure what we're dealing with yet. Whatever comes up, the two of us make a good team, and we'll try to stick to the game plan!
Meanwhile, I'm living with cancer from now on, and so far it seems do-able.
This is The Man: