Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cleveland Clinic Visit

I wanted to post a quick update for those of you who have been so sweet to send well wishes and prayer for us throughout this Cancer Journey we are currently on!!!

We MIGHT actually have some GOOD news for a change!!! The stem cell transplant surgeon at Cleveland Clinic isn't convinced that Mark still has lymphoma!! Seems that Pet Scans done too in proximity to chemo have a history of sending false positives!!! And, Mark's last two pet scans were done the weeks in between his chemo. All the other areas of cancer concern are CLEAR and he doesn't see how this one area has not been affected by the amount of chemo he has had! SO, with that being said, his recommendation is to wait 4-6 weeks AFTER his last chemo (which was Oct. 1) and then do a pet scan and see what it reads. He recommends doing this even before doing the biopsy which would probably be scheduled within the next week. He said "why put you through any more surgery if it's not needed". We are PRAYING he is correct in this and that we won't have to got through all of that other UGLY stuff and I mean by what they explained to us today ... it would be UGLY. The stem cell transplant would have Mark in the hospital (Cleveland) for at least 3-4 weeks not to speak of the in patient chemo treatments needed prior to the transplant. Doesn't sound like something we want to do over the holidays!!!! So ... if you would please remain praying for him, we would really appreciate it!



Marisa said...

Darlene, I will keep praying for both of you. I hope that the doctor is right and that all goes well. Take care my friend.


Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Darlene, you and Mark will continue to be held in our prayers -- and Praise the Lord for some encouraging news!!! God Bless --

Amy Johnson said...

This is wonderful news. I'll keep you guys in my prayers. So nice you'll be able to enjoy the holidays 'normally'.

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, thanks for the update on Mark! I will be praying for him and your encouraging news is such a blessing!


Anonymous said...

Darlene, I've been out of touch for most of the month, so I was happy to read this encouraging post. You and Mark will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Kheila