Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sliver of Liver

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!

4 comments:

SuperGabers - The Mom said...

Hey guys. Wow. I don't know what to say. It is crazy how one word can change things forever. I feel empty and sad inside because Nunn has cancer. I've never met her personally, but know she must be a wonderful person to have raised daughters I've come to respect and love.

My best to you and your families. Prayers of strength are headed your way.

Much love and concern,

Gabe

Laryl said...

You've been on my mind constantly ever since finding out. Ditto to all the things Gabe said! Our prayers are with all of you! Keep us posted....WE CARE!!

Felipe & Erika said...

Keli, I was so heartbroken to hear the news about your mom---your mom and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

grannybabs said...

We are still thinking about all of you and keeping you in our prayers.

Here we are in the midst of all the wedding hoopla - knowing full well that the bitter comes with the sweet.

But do all the young know that?

Give your mom a hug from me!