Today brought a few new tidbits of information. Last night it was determined that there were not enough "brushings" taken from the ERCP procedure to make a definite diagnosis of the type and aggressiveness of the cancer. This meant that a Liver biopsy was called for. First thing this morning, Mom underwent a procedure in which they deaden the area over the liver with local anesthetic, and insert a needle to procure slices of the liver tissue. They were able to recover 3 good pieces, and we expect the results to be back in a couple of days. She managed well during the procedure, had a small amount of pain, but nothing she couldn't handle, cause she's strong like that. And all she really has to show for this neato mini surgery is a stinkin band aid. Not even a square of gauze. Bummer.
The doctor also came in later that morning to give us the results of the brushings. Apparently there was enough tissue to make a "temporary" diagnosis. Adenocarcinoma. It is a cancer that originates in a gland. Turns out, the pancreas is a gland. The brushings couldn't tell us if the cancer originated there, or somewhere else such as the lungs or the colon, but either way, now we know what we're up against. I don't know about you, but I always like to know the names of my enemies, and this cancer is my enemy.
Mom is doing well. She is still a nice shade of canary, and under the ever flattering florescent hospital lights, she looks maahhvelous. I think our birthday party last night ran a little late, and she was extra tired today. We'll have to be better about getting out of there at a decent hour.
That's pretty much it for now, check back soon for updates, and thank you so much for your comments. They are awesome!