Ed Crist | CaringBridge

Ed Crist

First post: Apr 2, 2018 Latest post: May 27, 2018
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A month ago, Ed had a routine CT scan to check a growth in his lungs. The CT scan showed multiple lesions that the doctor thought could be lung cancer. However, Ed was having symptoms of pneumonia, which would appear the same on the CT scan. So the doctor ordered an antibiotic, home oxygen, and planned a repeat scan.

On March 23, 2018, Ed had a repeat CT scan with contrast. On Monday, March 26 we got the results. The doctor wanted to do a biopsy. On Tuesday, Ed went to Westchester Medical Center. Before performing the biopsy, the doctors wanted to check his heart to make sure he could handle the anesthesia. His echocardiogram came back showing his heart was working at 26% (at his last echo less than a year ago, it was at 40%). A cardiac consult was called in to determine whether they could do the biopsy.

Meanwhile, the surgeon found a lump in a lymph node in Ed's neck. He could get a sample from that, which wouldn't be definitive if it was negative. But f it was positive, the lung tissue biopsy wouldn't be necessary. He was able to get cells from that and saw cancer cells. They then removed the lump and it is at the lab for testing. On Monday, April 2, we should have results from that test and a more definitive prognosis.

For right now, we know there are cancer cells and they look like the fast-growing kind. As we get more information, we will update this site. Please keep our family in your thoughts.