I saw Dr. Patel on Tuesday, and he agreed that a biopsy is a good way to move forward. He was actually okay with waiting a few months and doing another scan to see if the “thing” in my lung grows, but I said I’d prefer to find out now. If it is cancer, I want to get on with treating it as quickly as possible. If it’s not cancer, it will be good to know that, too.
Because the Avastin infusions I get every three weeks cause bleeding problems, we had to schedule the biopsy around those. I had an infusion today, so we scheduled a needle biopsy early in the morning on Tuesday, April 12. It’s a fairly low-risk procedure, but there is a chance it could make my lung collapse. Having experienced a collapsed lung, I know how much I don’t want that to happen.
There is good news in all of this. Dr. Patel said that the radiation worked on the tumor in my right lung. Whatever is showing up now is below the area they treated. So, if it is cancer, radiation may be an option. Also, the PET scan didn’t light up anywhere except that one place on my right lung. Before, it lit up in some lymph nodes right next to my heart. It appears that the chemo regimen I’ve been doing has addressed those places, which is very good. Also, it’s always reassuring to know that nothing is showing up in my colon or liver, where all this started.
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and words of kindness. I am completely at peace and without fear.
I often share a Bible verse when I close these posts, but today I want to share a link to a song. It does an excellent job of explaining how I feel and why. Hope you enjoy it!