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By Kim Voynar Voynar@moviecitynews.com

Update on Mostly Boring Medical Crap

Putting this here to avoid having to answer multiple queries about what’s going on with all my scans and tests and upcoming surgery. If you’re terribly interested, read on; if not, feel free to move along …
Mixed news at today’s surgeon appt: GOOD = no visible metastases on scan, so a BIG yay on that as that means long-term prognosis is much better than if the tumor had spread. This particular scan is not 100% accurate, misses tumor cells about 15% of the time, so they may want a PET scan too as a back-up.
NOT SO GOOD = The surgeon’s not convinced lymphoma or pancreatic lymphoma are ruled out, in spite of the pathology results, because of enlarged lymph nodes she finds concerning. She also wants to rule out that this isn’t a more aggressive carcinoid tumor, as opposed to the less aggressive types of endocrine tumors. So another scan, much more blood work, and review by the tumor board in the next two weeks to determine what the surgical plan is. She also said we need to figure out whether the issue with my liver is related to the tumor or something else entirely.
Tomorrow, appt with the oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to get a second opinion, which the surgeon thinks is a smart idea given the complexity of my case. Apparently I’m perplexing and not “textbook.”. Which should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me … when have I ever been normal? :-)
And lastly, much thanks for the many kind emails, IMs, phone calls and well-wishes, and a shout-out to Lynda for sending me cards all the time, especially the last one with the sexy, half-nekkid man on the front. That’ll cheer a girl up.

2 Responses to “Update on Mostly Boring Medical Crap”

  1. CM says:

    Hang in there, Kim! If anyone can fight this, you can! xo
    -Carol

  2. bunnybeth says:

    I second Carol’s comments! Good luck tomorrow; you are in my prayers, as always.

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