You all might remember my report from Friday that said there was no cancer found in my full body scan. At that time, my doctor said she would meet with the “Tumor Board” in early November to review my case and come up with a plan. The tentative plan was that I would get treated with Radioactive Iodine for my recurring thyroid cancer.
Then my doctor called me on Saturday. She was in the office working on my case and had decided after seeing more blood test results that my case was troubling and yes, it was time to treat with Radioactive Iodine. She was going to consult with the “Tumor Board” via email before their regularly scheduled monthly meeting and get my case moving along more quickly.
Today…I got a call again from my doctor. The team met and talked early today about my case. The radiologist feels very confident that even though the lymph node behind my trachea didn’t show up on any of the scans that it is where the cancer is hiding.
I was told that things smaller than 1 cm often don’t show up on scans. This lymph node is 7mm (smaller than 1cm). So, in light of that, the doctors want me to be seen by the surgeon and move possible surgery to remove it to the top of the list. I was told that the surgeon’s nurse would be calling me and setting up an appointment with me.
That happened late today. My appointment is for next Monday afternoon. Kelli offered to finish up childcare for me and Kalissa offered to ride along with me. So…back to Lacrosse I’ll go for an appointment with the surgeon.
Even if surgery does happen, I’ll still need to have the Radioactive Iodine treatment.
Of course my doctor was really good about telling me what was recommended and then letting me choose. Of course when they recommend the surgery route, even though I’d prefer not to have surgery, I’m going to listen to their recommendation and meet with the surgeon.
For many of my appointments I don’t mind going by myself at all. I’ve been there, I’ve done that. Throwing this surgery option is a little different so I’m glad that Kalissa is going with me. There will be some new information and new timelines. Besides, if someone has to take care of me for a bit, she’ll be the one that does it.
So that’s the latest of the latest news on the cancer front. Sorry no pictures…