Hello friends and family of Piffy! We’re going to use this blog in an effort to keep his dear friends and family updated on his medical status.
A quick recap of the past few weeks: After his barber noticed a suspicious dark spot on top of his head, Paul was diagnosed with Melanoma. In early November, he underwent surgery to remove the Melanoma and test and remove lymph nodes that showed signs of cancer as well. To get a better understanding of what do to next, we were encouraged by his local doctors to get a second opinion and headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. There, we learned that his Melanoma is Stage 3C and a treatment plan of surgery to remove additional cancer in his head and neck followed by radiation was recommended. The ENT surgeon there confirmed this recommendation and suggested that the surgery take place immediately.
So Paul will have another Melanoma surgery and a neck dissection on Tuesday morning, December 19th down at St. Mary's in Rochester. The surgery will take 6-8 hours and he will remain in their care for 5-7 days. We are all feeling very confident with this approach and the team of doctors down there.
We will try to post updates in the weeks ahead as often as possible and will use this blog as our main vehicle for communicating about his progress.
In the meantime, please know that we’re so grateful for your positive thinking and prayers…keep them coming! Thank you in advance for your love and patience as we throw ourselves into caring for our Piffy and helping him recover as quickly as possible.