The Cancer Ride Continues..the latest of the latest updates.

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…

24 thoughts on “The Cancer Ride Continues..the latest of the latest updates.

  1. Bobi

    Sounds like you’ve got a great medical team. Keep that positive attitude of yours and beat this cancer thing! We out here in blogland know if anybody can do it, it’s you. Go get ’em! Stay #KramerStrong We blog fans got your back!

  2. Roxanne

    This plan seems solid. I’ve been worried about that lymph node ever since the radiologist said it was suspicious. Sometimes they can tell, and be very confident. I hope you like the surgeon. Sending hugs and prayers, dear Jo!

  3. Cindie Winquist

    I’m had a bit of trouble “liking” this post, as I know it’s not what you (or anyone) wanted to hear. I do like the fact that you have a great medical team who seem to be trying to cover every base and expedite whatever needs to be done. I do like knowing that we are blessed to live in a country where we have so many medical options available to us (I just returned from an eye-opening ministry trip to India). I also like the fact that you have good support from family and friends. And, I can’t help but ‘like’ your positive outlook in the face of this diagnosis.

    I hope you know you have many blog friends who are praying for you.

  4. Judith Fairchild

    Oh Jo praying for you and your family. If this surgery does the job. Plus the radio active iodine
    I believe I will start thanking the Lord Jesus for answering our prayers.

  5. Sally

    Thank you for the update, Jo. You have your family and blog friends praying for you every step of the way. So thankful for your precious children!

  6. Donna T

    At least you now know the plan! That’s got to be a relief even if you have to have surgery! Sounds like you have a great team of doctors. Will keep the prayers coming.

  7. Samantha Moscrop

    Hang on in there Jo, it sounds like you have an excellent medical team behind you, and you have your amazing family. Thinking of you and sending hugs xx

  8. Kim LeMere

    I’m glad they have a plan and taking out the lymph gland while its small might be wise. I hope you know that all of us here in Blog land are pulling right along with you on this ride. Prayers are being said, thank you for being so open and honest with us all

  9. Ellie

    Your positivity throughout this ordeal is amazing! I know this encourages your medical team to want the best possible outcome as they do for all patient , but thinking positively influences our bodies in ways we don’t understand. All the prayers coming your way are doing things beyond our understanding. Our prayers continue .

  10. Paulette

    It’s so good to have a caring team on your side, both medical and personal support. Will be among the many thinking of you as to begin the treatment phase, whatever that may entail.

  11. Cindy F

    Your medical team is almost as awesome as your family! Continued prayers for you as you go through this!

  12. Donna

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Glad that you have family and a good staff of doctors working for you.
    Love and prayers

  13. Sandra Davidson

    Hi Jo , you are in my prayers ,I wish I could do more. I hope you get this because the last time I sent you weir wishes when I looked later you hadn’t got my comment. I don’t know why it was deleted because I am a big fan of yours from Canada and have been following you for years. I have been through the whole cancer thing and have a lot of empathy for you. Blessings Sandra

  14. Nancy A

    I am so glad you have such a loving and supportive family. Will this be out patient surgery? Keeping you in my prayers.

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