Diana and our boys Cole and Cooper.

Diana Downey

First post: Mar 16, 2020 Latest post: Mar 30, 2020

Diana had a small lump under her left arm about 5 weeks ago. We noticed the lump was growing fairly quickly therefore we decided to get her into the doctor. We both thought this was something simple like a infected lymph gland. Fast forward through the ultra sound, mammogram and biopsy and she was diagnosed with stage 3 soft tissue spindle cell sarcoma.

This is a very rare, aggressive and fast moving cancer. What started as a small lump is now a 10 centimeter mass. Her treatment plan is very dangerous and aggressive. The team of doctors assigned to her care have outlined her treatment path: Diana will start with 6, five day, in hospital infusions of 2 different chemotherapy treatments with a 2 week break between each treatment.

These infusions involve a stay in the hospital to monitor her due to the high concentrations of chemotherapy and the possibility of the treatment becoming toxic to her. There will be another MRI after the first 2 rounds to see if the treatment is working. If the chemo works, she will finish all 6 rounds. The next step is radiation therapy, that involves 4 to 5 weeks of daily radiation, and finally surgery.

The entire goal of her care is to stop the growth and shrink the mass as it is sitting on the brachial artery and the nerves that supply her arm. The surgeon needs to remove the cancer and good margins so shrinking the mass is of the utmost importance. Diana will lose her entire pectoral muscle, a good portion of her bicep and who knows what other tissue may be removed.

Our urgent request for prayer is that the cancer growth stops, that treatment starts faster than 10 days, it does not spread to her lungs, and she is able to get through this with as few of side effects as possible. We have decided prayer is vastly more important than our privacy.

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