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Kathy’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Kathy Tiemann and her battle with cancer. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

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Kathy had a cough in May, which had been diagnosed as bronchitis. After one round of antibiotics, the cough persisted, and the doctor ordered a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray revealed spots on the lungs that were intrepreted to be cancerous but secondary. A CT scan (Jun 1) was ordered to try to find the primary souce. It showed two spots on the liver, one small, but one was 6 cm by 6cm which is about the size of a lime. Enlarged lymph nodes were also discovered. A liver biopsy was then ordered (Jun 4). It indicated that the liver was not likely the primary source of the cancer. An appointment was made with an oncologist, Dr. Timothy Pluard (Jun 8), the medical director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters.  Dr. Pluard examined Kathy and had some bloodwork drawn and ordered a PET scan. He also ordered additional pathology tests from her liver biopsy. Kathy had the PET scan on Jun 11. Late that afternoon we talked to the doctor via phone and he told us that the PET scan revealed no other cancer in any other organs. He also told us that bloodwork indicated normal liver enzymes, again indicating the liver was not the likely source and also that the tumor was likley to be slow growing versus fast growing. The doctor was trying to determine the true source of the cancer before prescribing any treatment. He mentioned that two other possible sources might be a melanoma or a sarcoma. He recommended she see a dermatologist to determine if there was any melanoma. She saw dermatologist on June 16 and he ruled out any melanoma or sking cancer.

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