Written by Jodee McCabe
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Today was our first visit to the oncologist to get the results of the bone biopsy. Once again, the news was not good.
The biopsy confirmed that the spot on his pelvis is metastatic renal cell carcinoma. There are also spots on his lungs and liver. The type of renal cell carcinoma is "clear cell" which is an aggressive form. It is not curable. There are "newer" treatments that sometimes stem the disease process. There is wide variation in response to those drugs and also in the side effects.
We have cancelled our trip to Oregon and Alaska for the time being. The oncologist thinks we should be in a clinical trial and to be able to do that without re-doing all the labs and the CT scan, we would need to start right in the middle of when our cruise is in process. Even if we don't, I (Jodee) felt he should be beginning the standard medication regimen and be here to be monitored for a while. We are attempting to get a consult at Indiana University Medical Center and should find out on Monday when that will be.
We both liked the doctor very much so that is helpful. As you can imagine we are pretty overwhelmed at the moment. We are determined to remember that God, who is our ABBA FATHER, is in control, no matter what things look like, and He can be trusted. None of us is promised more than this moment and we want to use each one to honor Him.
Please pray for us and for our children and grandchildren as we walk through this together. We are so grateful for each one of you and for all the prayer and for all of the support you give us.