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3/23/2017 Latest post:
May 22, 2017
Hello, Ken here. I'm continuing this page for the current event. Madonna's PET scan for the lung surgery (see below) showed a "hot spot" in her abdomen. In the lung surgeon's words "we address one thing at a time" about six weeks or so after the lobectomy, she had a CA125 blood test which measures something related to ovarian cancer. With this test, a negative is always a negative (no cancer) but a positive might be a positive or it might be a false positive. Madonna had an elevated level of whatever that measures so the next step was to operate laparoscopically (minimally invasive) and remove the ovary to determine what the hot spot was. Madonna had that procedure this morning and the doc/pathologist determined that the cyst is a "borderline ovarian cyst". A lot of info on the internet about it but suffice it to say it isn't, at this point, ovarian cancer. I say at this point because the tissue still needs to go through pathology and sometimes they come back as something different (i.e., ovarian cancer). Expecting 3 nights in the hospital but its in Colorado Springs (instead of Denver or Phoenix) and Erin is home for the summer so that's all good.
Hi, This is Madonna. Many of you may know that I have been seeing doctor's for a fungus issue in my left lung. During my treatment for said fungus, the surgeon also drew attention to a spot in my right lung. After my wedge resection in September 2016 to remove the fungal ball, I was put on an anti-fungal medication with a follow-up to be performed in 4 months. I returned in February for my follow-up cat scan and appointment with the Infectious Disease Doc. When she examined the scan, she saw the spot in the right lung had grown so I was scheduled for a needle biopsy that was performed on March 2. On March 6th, the Pulmonary doctor called to tell me the biopsy came back as cancer and adenocarcinoma specifically. I met with the surgeon and an oncologist on March 15 and surgery was scheduled for March 23rd.
That's where we are now - surgery, 3-5 days in the hospital and then an unknown period at home for recovery.
Ken and I will keep this site updated as much as possible during the hospitalization and recovery and positive energy is always appreciated.