Mike started having some back pain in January of this year but didn't think anything of it. He went to a doctor in 2014 and had an MRI of his back done where they found a bulged disc. So he just assumed that was the problem. About three weeks ago his pain grew stronger. He made an appointment to see the doctor where they scheduled another MRI. At this appointment, Dr. Singhal explained to us that there was a tumor deteriorating 60-70% of Mike's L3. The nerves in his spine were also being pinch severely. During this appointment we also learned Mike has a lesion on his neck. So the doctor sent him for x-rays at this appointment along with lab work. After we left this appointment, we went and met with the oncologist. From the very beginning he has told us his thoughts were that this was stage four cancer and wanted Mike admitted to the hospital right away. Mike said no. That was a Friday. Saturday morning I got a call from Mike telling me the pain was unbelievable and he was ready to go to the hospital. I called St.Luke's(Mike's oncologist's request) and told them we'd be there in a couple of hours.
After being in and out of the ED, they sent him to the floor pretty fast in his own room(with a big screen tv). Right away we met with Dr. Macias and she discussed back surgery first thing Sunday morning. She said she just happened to be in the lounge and heard Mike's story being talked about. Dr. Macias planned for maybe a two hour surgery. The plan was to take out the whole tumor, put in cadaver bone and put in two rods. The only problem was, they couldn't get all of the tumor and his two hour surgery turned into a little over four hours.
They found a 5cm mass in Mike's upper right lung(lobe). As of right now, what we do know, is that Mike's cancer started in the lung and moved to the back/neck.
Now we just wait for Mike to heal from back surgery so we can move forward with the chemo/radiation
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