Well today was the day we went to see the oncologist for Earl's first follow-up. As usual I get all worried and my tummy does loop de loops, and this I have learned is my way of getting prepared for whatever news we are about to hear....(which most often is not news we want to hear) Well the news today was news we did not want to hear.....the tumor in his lung is cancer and has grown in size from 2.0 cm to 2.7 cm since his last scan in September. We had been told in September that the 6-7 nodules in his lungs were gone, with only 1 remaining. It appeared at that time that the remaining tumor/nodule was benign and we were informed that because of that Earl would not receive further chemo. The plan was to have a nice break, enjoy life and reaccess in January.
As of today the plan is that we will be referred to a thorasic specialist here in Winnipeg and Earl will need surgery to remove the tumor. There are no plans for chemo and Dr Wong feels that the surgery will be the solution. Osteogenic sarcoma cells can be very tricky little guys and can stay dormant, so they will continue to follow-up with the CT scans and bloodwork every 3 months.
Earl is taking the news very well....as he always does and continues to amaze me and all who know him, with his positive attitude and bright outlook. Praise God for giving Earl the ability to look forward to the next day and good health and not dwell on the present.
Take care and we will update when we have news from the surgeon .