Friday, January 29, 2010

First Oncologist Appt.

Today we went to the Cancer Center of the Carolinas to meet with an oncologist in order to get some additional information about what we're looking at and to make sure we are taking the right steps as we move forward. Dr. Edenfield was amazing at explaining exactly what we are looking at, where the mass is located and how the Sigmoid Colectomy will be performed. He also explained what options we may be looking at after surgery. Unfortunately he did also share some bad news with us. Tim's pathology results came back and confirmed that he definitely does have colon cancer.

He informed us that the tests Tim will have on Monday, coupled with the surgery itself as well as the pathology tests done on the resected portion of his colon will determine what stage Tim's cancer is in. From that point we will find out what the next steps will be for treatment. We're really hoping that it will be stage 1 which means Tim will not require any Chemotherapy and the surgery will take care of everything.

Although we did receive bad news at this visit it did make us feel a little bit better about what we are facing. Dr. Edenfield  has a positive outlook that is contagious and helped us to get a much better grip on everything. Our next big hurdle will be all of the testing done on Monday and the results those tests will ultimately bring back. We're still hoping for the best and know that we will get through all of this thanks to the tremendous support and incredible medical team we have backing Tim up.
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