Topic: Things happening quickly
I think the last time I posted ,Gary had been taken off the FOLFOX because his CT scan(June) showed a little more growth of the liver mets (one tumor). We were investigating SBRT, SIRT and RFA and battling with insurance for the SIRT. A visit to Duke revealed an additional liver mets (1.2 cm close to the other tumor), so that ruled out SBRT, but not SIRT. Duke also provided pain management that was working quite well. We no sooner moved to Naples FL, and Gary ended up in the ER with his right lung full of fluid. After being hospitalized and much going on the past 11 days including increased discomfort and anxiety, today he had a plueridisis (surgical draining if the lung and spraying with talc to seal the linigs together) and biopsy. The surgeon said there was evidence of abnormal lung tissue and he had to insert 2 drains instead of one (one of which which will probably stay for "quite some time). The fluid in the lung was bloody, so cancer is almost certain.
I've read it here before, but never thought we'd be the ones saying, "How can this spread so fast?" Gary hasn't really had any time of good health - abcesses, chemo, radiation, wound vac, bile leak, additional surgery, pain, nausea - since his Whipple almost 2 years ago. Reading other peoples' post doesn't hit home until you're experiencing it yourself - it's a horrible disease.
Hanging in there and appreciating each day, Elaine and Gary