One of Dr. Guntupalli’s associates called this evening to give us the results as Dr. G is out of the country for another week.
In short, it does look like there is some recurrence. Not in the chest cavity or lungs, so that is good. In the abdominal cavity, possibly. There is some thickening of the peritoneum or abdominal wall, and some evidence of ascites, or fluid build up. Grant and I have been watching my belly like a couple of hawks, and sometimes it seems like it is a little bloated, but sometimes not. So there’s our answer. It is actually a bit bloated. There is no major tumor that is measurable. As Grant recalls from the photos from the laparoscopic surgery a year ago, the cancer on the peritoneum was just more like little spots on it. So it is probably something like this.
He did say that if there is recurrence we’ve caught it very early, and it will be fine to just keep my regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. G on 6/12. A week will not make any major clinical difference.
So I have a note in to Dr. West to see what if anything she wants to tweak in my protocol.
Also, I’m beginning to feel the effects of the flu bug that Grant has been fighting the last week, so I am working on not getting it, but I do have a scratchy throat. So that might affect my exercise regimen, backing it down while I get well.
In any case, I’m glad to know. I’d much rather know what is going on than not.
So there you go. Updated. We shall be proceeding accordingly. Thanks for your support!