Friday, November 19, 2010

Reid's latest biopsy...

Reid had the biopsy yesterday, but it was not what was originally planned.  The Oncologist told us that if Interventional Radiation thought it was safe he would have a biopsy taken from the mediastinum.  If that wasn't possible at this time they would wait two months and rescan Reid to see if it was possible then.  He indicated that there was something a little suspicious in the mediastinum and they needed to have a biopsy from there before proceeding.

We were told to watch Reid's My MD Anderson page where appointments are posted.  If the biopsy appointment appeared then we would know that they felt it could be done at this time.  So, we showed up yesterday fully expecting the biopsy be taken from the mediastinum.

Jim went back with Reid for the pre-op stuff and when he came out to wait he told me that they had been told it would be taken from the back.  That's what was done and we didn't see any doctors afterwards, so we'll have to wait until his appointment on Tuesday to find out what is going on.  Reid later told me that the Physician's Assistant indicated that it wouldn't be safe to take it from the mediastinum because of veins and blood vessels.  There was too much of a chance of hitting one.  This time the biopsy was a CT scan guided one. 

Meanwhile, we'll have to go down to MD Anderson today for more pain medication prescriptions and to have Reid's chemo port flushed.  It was to be flushed once a month and it's time again.

On Tuesday we'll know more and I'll try and post at that time.  Your warm thoughts and prayers are appreciated.


  1. Hi Betty,

    My prayers are always with you and your family. Why do you need to go out to get the port flushed? Can't a visiting nurse come. I just can't see dragging your son out if he is not feeling well. Also can they can in the pain med instead of having to make an MD visit? How is your son feeling now? If there is anything I can do please do not hesitate.
    Love and hugs,

  2. Darn...hurry up and wait like always, huh? I'm sorry.

    Sending hugs and prayers to all of you!

  3. Ar, more waiting. I hope you find out something. Oh, Betty.

  4. You got it.
    Thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed!


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