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May 13, 2016 Latest post:
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Nina Wilk was diagnosed with malignant sinonasal adenocarcinoma earlier this month. What had initially been regarded as congestion and pressure secondary to a sinus infection was noted to be more serious when her right eye began to shift outward an a mass could be seen at the right bridge of her nose. The tumor was affectionately named "Agnes" by the Wilks.
Nina was originally seen at UNC where only 80% of the tumor was removed.
In order to obtain the finest treatment available for this specific tumor, Kevin and Nina have traveled to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A team led by an ENT Carl Snydermann, a Neurosurgeon Paul Gardner, and an Ophthamologist Tonya Stefko consulted the Wilks on Wednesday, May 11th.
On Friday morning, May 13th, Nina underwent a 10+ hour operation led by this multi-disciplinary team. The team was dedicated to removing all tumor.
Shortly after 7 pm on May 13th Kevin was informed that all tumor was successfully removed. The margins were clear meaning they do believe they have gotten all tumor (as confirmed by pathology in microscopic examination. )
Of note, the team was able to preserve Nina's eye which was at risk due to extensive tumor infiltration. This is a huge victory!
Nina will be hospitalized for at least 5 days in Pittsburgh.