Jul 25, 2018 Latest post:
Oct 11, 2018
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Jim came home from a business trip to Spain and Amsterdam a week ago and complained about a swollen left lymph node. After a visit to his primary care doctor he was put on antibiotics. Two days later he woke up with a rash all over his body and a low grade temperature. We went to the emergency room and 10 hours later a CT scan revealed a tumor the size of an egg. A camera scope revealed what the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist deemed abnormal looking growths on the back of his tongue on the left side. We left the hospital that evening with a preliminary prognosis of cancer. The good news is doc indicated this to be a very treatable type of cancer.
We met with a whole team of ENT specialists several days later and they also confirmed the initial prognosis. They took a needle biopsy of the mass which is now being tested for HPV (the virus known to cause Squamous Cell Cancer). If positive, the cancer may be easier to remove all at once because it is more contained. If negative, it can be more serious as it may be less uniform. Today we are awaiting a full endoscopy when the docs will look thoroughly down the throat and a full body PET scan to ensure cancer is still localized.
We ask for your prayers and are fully trusting God to see us through this difficult season.