I spoke with our surgeon yesterday afternoon about the pathology report on Angie’s tumor and the lymph nodes they removed during surgery. It’s not great news. Her tumor size was 2.5 cm and they classified it as Grade 3. (Grade is a ranking how different from normal cells the tumor cells are, on a scale of 1-3. 3 is the most aggressive) Of the 20-25 lymph nodes removed during surgery, there was tumor in 8 of them.
Of course take everything ‘medical’ I write with a grain of salt, since I have no idea what I’m talking about… but all three of those numbers are higher than we want to see them. A tumor that large and aggressive with that many nodes means there is a much higher chance that the cancer has spread.
We go in tomorrow for a follow-up on her surgery and we may learn more there, but our first appointment with the oncologist was just set this morning for September 14th. (I’m going to see what I can do to move that up though..) I gather they will start out by trying to get a baseline and determine what if any spread there has been, most likely a cat-scan.
Obviously this is hard news to take, Angie isn’t doing great with it. She’s probably more scared of the treatment than the cancer itself going forward, and of what affect this will have on our children.
Please continue to pray… we still don’t know more than we do right now, but we do know that this is going to be a very long and hard road.