No results yet from the MRI that TB had on Tuesday, January 20th. But we also don’t have an appointment to review the results so I’m not sure what’s going on with that.
Remember I mentioned surgery in the previous email? Well, right from the onset we have a problem and it scares us both.
1. The treatment he is taking makes it difficult for his blood cells to clot very well (this particular treatment only slows the growth of the cancer cells, it will never make them go away).
2. In order to have surgery he needs those blood cells to clot so he’d have to stop treatment for 2 -3 weeks prior to surgery for that medication to get out of his system.
3. Guess what? During the time he’s not getting treatment, the cancer cells will grow and multiply (hey, nothing there to stop them!) and frankly, he could die very quickly. I’m not being negative, I’m being honest. That’s scary as hell.
4. They don’t think he could even go back on the treatment after surgery because no one ever has once they’ve gone off it for surgery. But if he doesn’t get back on the treatment, he will die much sooner than not being on the medication. Period. My understanding is that by leaving treatment and then going back he would be skewing the data. Which, unfortunately, makes terrible sense.