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8/2/2017 Latest post:
I thought it would be easy to keep everyone in the loop by creating this site for Justin.
Justin realized back in December of 2016 he no longer had a sense of smell. A few months later at his annual physical he mentioned to his primary care Dr. that he was not able to smell. The Dr. suspected he just had a sinus infection that never cleared up and prescribed some nasal sprays. After a bit of time with no improvement his Dr referred him to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.
After a wait list of a few months to see the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist he was finally able to get in for a visit. They recommended a culture swap and some antibiotics then with no improvement they ordered at CT scan for July 7th. He then received a call on July 10th he needed an MRI that day. The following day he received a call that he needed to get in ASAP with Dr. Hartig an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at UW Hospital. They were able to get us in that day to look over Justin’s MRI and they pointed out to us that Justin has a tumor about the size of a golf ball in his sinus cavity that also reaches over to his right eye.
Dr. Hartig noted that it appeared the tumor was some form of cancer but wanted to get a biopsy to be sure, he stated no matter the results he would want to have the tumor surgically removed. Justin had his biopsy on July 26th and we are currently waiting for the official results of the biopsy.
Surgery has now been scheduled for tumor removal with ENT Surgeon Dr. Hartig and Neurosurgeon Dr. Baskaya at the UW Madison Hospital at 8:20am Wednesday August 2nd. Surgery should last about 5-6 hours. To reach the tumor they will have to do a Craniotomy at the front of Justin’s skull accessing the tumor from the top. They will need to place a drain in his spine to collect his spinal fluid to try and prevent spinal fluid leaking from nasal area and running risk of infections such as Meningitis.
They anticipate that Justin will be in intensive care for a day or two and an overall hospital stay of about a week. After surgery he will most likely continue his treatment with radiation and possibly chemotherapy and a few months off of work.
We just wanted to say we greatly appreciate everyone’s well wishes and prayer so far! Please continue to pray for Justin we have a long road ahead. I will continue with updates in regards to his surgery and recovery.