Topic: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever
Hello CC Family,
Since our last post on 11/22/12, the familiar CC roller coaster has continued.
Jeff had a lymph node biopsy (ebus endobrachial ultrasound and mediastynoscopy). The doctors were pretty sure that the lymph nodes lite up on the PET Scan were positive. However, we caught our first break. The pathology report came back showing that the lymph nodes were negative!
While we were waiting for the path reports from the biopsy, everyone seemed so sure that the results would be positive that we were desperate to change the chemo regime and get him a new chemo cocktail ASAP (since the liver tumor had doubled in size on the prior chemo regime).
Our ONC at UCLA (Dr. Sadeghi) was extremely cooperative and set us up for a third round of chemo, but it was the first with a new cocktail - Gemzar and Cisplatin. That was on Monday and on Wednesday of that week, we discovered the good news that the lymph nodes were not yet diseased.
Liver resection surgery has been scheduled at USC Keck Medical Center for 12/22. Our liver surgeon, Dr. Selby wanted him off of chemo for at least two weeks prior to the surgery but also wanted the surgery to be scheduled sooner rather than later, so it looks like Christmas in the hospital. Again, this is probably the best Christmas gift ever!
After a period of recover following the liver surgery, the plan is that Jeff will be scheduled for a lung surgery to remove the tumor in his left lung. This will also be done at USC.
Simply put, our prayers have been answered. Thank you everyone for your support, prayers, kind hopeful thoughts, encouragement and "good vibrations". We want to keep this positiveness moving through our CC Family, so we are doing our best to send all of this right back to all of you. May you all receive good news like this.
Bob & Nancy
Jeff's Mom & Dad