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Oncology 14.0 PET Edition

I have the semi-official results from my PET scan on Wednesday.

The results are reported by three different radiologists, so the final report is still pending, but the preliminary report is as follows.

There appears to be no further spread of my cancer than what we already know about from CT imaging. Basically, this is what we were hoping for. There was a real risk of having further metastasis that are too small to be seen by CT, if you were to follow the expectant course of adenocarcinoma, then you might expect to see these. I was thinking we would see further lymph node involvement at the very least, especially in the para-aortic chain where there is already disease. But, it would seem there are only the four nodes that we already knew about.

What this means is that I am being offered surgery. I described these surgery in a previous post, so won’t get into the finer details of it here, but retro-peritoneal lymph node dissection is pretty huge surgery, and not without its risks or complications. What surgery offers though, is the first prospect of turning my illness into something non-terminal for over two years. Its a bit to get my head around to be honest. Of course, surgery could equally accelerate the disease and having me find my end of life sooner rather than later, as with medicine in general, its a risk/benefit equation.

At this stage, surgery has been pencilled in for the 14th of February. I would expect to not be working for probably 3 months after that as I recover. The hospital stay is 10-14 days if there are no complications making me stay longer, but with a surgery this large, there is a reasonable chance that complications will occur. In the mean time, I may or may not re-start chemo, I have to wait till I meet with my oncologist to see what he thinks with regard to this.

If the final report adds or changes the picture, I shall update to let you all know. In the mean time, I will digest this new and rapidly changing course of events.

Into the unpredictable future I go…

  1. Lisa Fackler
    January 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    What I was hoping to read!! I will be praying for the out come of the surgery and recovery to be amazing… yay!!! Thanks so much for posting Jared!!

  2. JSD
    January 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    That is wonderful news Jared! Will continue to pray. Take care and I hope all goes well.

  3. jane
    January 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    WOW….great news Jared. All the very best for your surgery….may health and healing flow through your body in HIS name.

  4. January 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for keeping everyone updated Jared. Though I’m not very close to you I’ll be praying that all goes well. All the best.

  5. Maree
    January 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this update Jared! We are fervently praying for you and will
    continue to do so as you go through surgery. I pray for God’s abundant blessings. Thinking of you and Hannah,
    much love, Maree x

  6. Sharee
    January 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Brendon and I are praying for you Jared – huge decision – scary and hopeful all at once!
    May you continue God’s help, healing and peace. Much love to you an Hannah. 🙂
    S & B

  7. Murray
    January 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    thats fantastic news Jared – My prayers are with you going forward. You seem to have made miraculous in-roads with your positivity and healing. All the very best wishes for your surgery. Sincerely Murray, Logan, Xavier and Tamsyn

  8. Cheryl & Mark Alcorn
    January 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Jared, Mark & I are so praising our Lord for this answer to prayers. May the Lord bless you through the next few weeks as you plan, and wait, and prepare for this big step forward. We will keep praying for you and Hannah as you both go forward. Also praying for special annointing on your surgeons, for insight and inspiration and skill. Love and blessings, Mark & Cheryl A.

  9. Claire
    January 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Best wishes Jared. I am a complete stranger who wishes you and your family well. I have been finding your blog amazing to read, especially the post “Life, Death, and Breathing”. Thanks for sharing your journey and your faith with us. Love the photography too.

  10. Dyana Parore-Connell
    January 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing the update Jared. Good luck and best wishes for the 14th February. .

  11. sarah bowen
    January 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    We are thinking of you Hannah and Jared. We pray that you continue your journey with God at your side. Sarah & Rod Bowen, Dunedin.

  12. Patricia McDonald
    January 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Hi Jared … this is such encouraging news! We continue to pray for you and Hannah – especially, at present, the matter of getting your head around the developments. “The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.” Love from Patricia and Ian

  13. Sue Duggan
    January 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Well that should be a very “different” Valentine’s Day present, hope it all goes well…..

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