Monday, November 14, 2011

The Roller Coaster Continues

I think it's fair to say that we've all (Mom, Me, Amy, Samantha, Pat, Leslie, etc.) been dreading writing on the blog this afternoon/evening.

Dr. Chapman's office called around 3 p.m. today. He is not willing to perform a resection due to the involvement of Mom's hepatic artery in her tumor. In addition to the occlusion in her vena cava, the clotting is extensive in the veins through her liver.

Mom may still be a candidate for the clinical trial of a chemo pump on cholangiocarcinoma patients. Dr. Chapman's office said that the Trial Team would be calling Mom today, but no call came in. The trial has not begun yet, but will soon. We don't have much more information on the pump, but hopefully when the Team calls back, we will. There is a possibility that the pump and/or the chemo regimen Mom was on before will shrink the tumor. If that happens, then she might be a candidate for resection at that time. 

My Mom is one of the strongest, bravest people I know. She is coping with the hand that has been dealt her extremely well. However, it is incredibly hard for her to entertain the notion that she might soon be cancer-free, only to quickly realize that 'cancer-free' is further away than she hoped. Please keep her in your prayers tonight and in the coming days, as she attempts to regain her footing. If you have time, please drop her an email, send her a card, message her on Facebook, etc. A little sunshine on a gloomy day goes a long way. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your prayers. We know they are being heard. Surgery just isn't in God's plans right now. 

Written/Posted by Jenn.

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