Steve Hutchison (foomf) wrote,
Steve Hutchison

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No good news.

Just before I was ready to head for the hospital (around 1) I got a call from Dr. Gosewehr's associate at Northwest Cancer Specialties.

The results of the biopsy done on the 29th are positive for adenoma. The CT scan showed this stuff strewn throughout her abodomen, not just in the liver and in one place on the intestinal fascia, which is what I had understood from earlier reports. Damn them for not telling us the full information, but I guess it was inevitable given the comedy of errors which this whole business has been.

So. This is an inoperable cancer. Penny is too weak to tolerate chemotherapy at this time. That does not mean, by a long shot, that this is an untreatable cancer. It cannot be cured - but it can be treated, and there are things they can do, but it will not be easy.

They can give her blood-building drugs and anabolic drugs, if they won't stimulate the cancer growth. Since it's endometrial cancer in origin, they can certainly give her an estrogen blocker which might reduce the cancer, or stop it growing.

We were supposed to talk with the nurse about home care and about hospice. The idea is to get her into something less expensive than the overnight stays at the hospital. Her blood pressure was still a bit too low, so they gave her more red cells and more saline, and I suspect they will still keep her there tomorrow night - since we would have to turn around and get her in to see the doctor again on Monday.

At this point, we refuse to despair, but we're also making sure we're prepared for the possibility that things won't work out.
Our 25th wedding anniversary is the 14th of February ... we had planned on a few days at the coast, at the resort where we stayed on our 20th. That probably won't happen. We'll do something, though.

I stayed with her until 9:30; she slept part of the time, but was also awake some, and they kept doing things like taking blood pressure and so forth. She ate lunch, we had communion (our lay eucharistic minister came by) and we found out that they plan to look at her stomach tomorrow to see why she can't eat much and whether that's where she's bleeding. That will happen sometime in the morning.

I will update sometime in the afternoon or evening.

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