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6/9/2017 Latest post:
Eileen went into the hospital last week (June 2, 2017) for what turned out to be bleeding ulcers but in the process of diagnosing and treating those, they discovered a mass in her upper leg/thigh area and were concerned enough that they biopsied it right away. Yesterday morning we went to the surgeon to get the pathology report and she does indeed have cancer, something called leiomyosarcoma, which is a tumor or cancer in the soft tissue of that area. They recommend surgery to remove it, however she has a very serious heart condition so surgery must be done carefully. Today we saw both her cardiologist and a surgeon we were referred to at the University of Minnesota, which specializes in this kind of cancer, which is very rare and also very aggressive. Her appointment with the surgeon went pretty well, and it looks like she will be doing six weeks of radiation first then six weeks of rest and then the surgery (maybe late August/early Sept.), but the good news is that the surgery can probably be done with just a regional anesthetic so she won't have to go under general anesthesia, which will be better for the heart situation. They are also checking her lungs next week (CT scan)to make sure it hasn't spread there. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, being a lover of words and of good friends, I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from you during these very challenging next six months.