Monday, January 5, 2009

Good news and bad news...biopsy update

Here's the deal on the biopsy done this morning: good news is the lymph node was negative for cancer. Bad news: thyroid bed nodule is positive for thyroid cancer.

More good news: Chris and I were able to get into to see Dr. Sanders today. He is the surgeon who operated on me in July 2008. He worked us into his busy schedule on short notice, for which I am grateful.

Last summer, the thyroid cancer decisions were more simple. "You have cancer. It needs to come out." This time, it is a little more complicated. Explaining the options just took me 30 minutes to explain to my dad but here is the deal in a nutshell:

1. take it out now with risks
2. wait six months and see if it grows with risks
3. external beam radiation with risks

I go back to see Dr. Sanders on Wednesday and plan to make a decision by then.

I'm doing OK with it. Aggravated, disappointed, but, as I have said before, I kinda knew.

Thanks to all for your continued prayers and good thoughts...I've got a big decision to make.

6 comments:

  1. My hope and prayer for you is that you are able to make a decision and feel confident and at peace with it.

    Jennifer

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  2. Yep, good news/bad news. Wish it was all good news. I am glad you have some time to realy think about what to do next. Sending lots of prayers!

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  3. Go with your gut. You'll choose the best thing.

    More prayers...

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  4. I side with Meg on this one, go with what you think is best. You always do choose wisely!!

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  5. The Doctor You Don't LikeJanuary 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    It's cancer.

    Let me spell it for you:
    C.A.N.C.E.R.

    There is no decision.
    It's a minor surgery.
    You have it removed.

    (inside joke so don't flame me)

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  6. Hmm seems I scared my lovely wife and she thought the last post was actually from the Doctor She Doesn't Like. My apologies it was from me!

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