My mom has cancer. I know what you must be thinking…the same thing I was…what do you mean, cancer? We’ve already been through this. They thought it was cancer, but then diagnosed her with pancreatitis. There are no take backs, they can’t change their minds, can they? Well, unfortunately, even in the medical community they sometimes get it wrong. These doctors are human after all. It turns out that when a needle biopsy is performed in the pancreas and cancer is present there’s a very big chance that they can completely miss the cancer cells altogether which provides a false negative result. With that in mind, here’s what we’ve learned from the tests performed in St. Louis last week:
The CT Scan revealed a mass the size of a golf ball in her pancreas.
The final results of the endoscopic ultrasound and biopsy confirmed that cancer cells are present.
Initially we thought my mom could undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments to try and shrink the mass so that it can be removed surgically. However, then we were told that the mass has formed around the superior mesenteric artery and that it is inoperable.
My mom will go in tomorrow (4/14) to have the “cancer marker” test repeated to try and determine how quickly the mass is growing.
On Thursday (4/23) she’ll go in to meet with a physician at the oncology group (where she was treated for breast cancer) to discuss treatment options, medications, etc.
Please continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors as they make decisions about my mom’s care and treatment options, that my mom will not be in pain and that it will be controlled properly, for our family as we try to grasp this news…that we’d remain strong and supportive, and ultimately that God will perform a miracle and heal my mom. We know he is quite capable of such a miracle!