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Sean was experiencing heartburn and pressure and consulted a GI doctor who did a colonoscopy. When nothing was found he then ordered a CT scan that revealed a mass right at the intersection of the chest and abdomen. A biopsy was performed and on March 22nd, Sean was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma on his 9th rib right at the spot where the bone becomes cartilage. The tumor grew to impact the diaphragm and deteriorated the ribs. The area is tender but is not very painful.
On Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 am Sean will be admitted to UT Southwestern to undergo a radical resection and removal of the tumor followed by the recreation of any diaphragm sections, and ribs that need to be remade. Depending on the depth of the tumor and how much muscle must be cut he might also have a piece of back muscle flapped over to the front. Either way, he will have some pretty cool scars. The entire procedure is expected to take about 12 hours. He is expected to be in ICU for a couple of days and then in the hospital for about a week. After that, he will be home recovering before being allowed to return to work (from home) and then eventually work in the office.