Friday, June 23, 2006

You Wanna Piece of Me?

The PET scan was "inconclusive," so the next step is a biopsy. But not the "stick a needle in you and take some cells and you go to work" biopsy. This is a surgical procedure where you check into the hospital, put on the little green paper hat and get wheeled into the operating room. And they take a half-inch piece of your lung.

I'm supposed to meet with the doctor on Monday.

"Odds are against it being cancer," he said over the phone, "but I can't look you in the eye and say it's definitely not."

The biopsy will probably be in a couple of weeks, just in time for my birthday. I can't think of a better present than "benign," with maybe "we caught it at a very early and curable stage" as the first runner-up.

Waiting is scary. Most of the time it's not cancer. A doctor scared the crap out of me with 50/50 Cancer-he didn't know. It wasn't cancer. My aunt lived after getting a malignant breast cancer diagnosis for 20 years-and she is still going :-)

If God Forbid, it is cancer, treatment is So much better today than it used to me. There is a Lot of hope. Just fight and don't give up if it turns out to be. Deal with doctors you trust and get support from other women. Very important. Sending good thoughts your way.

This would be the lung, not the breast (yes, I used to smoke), but treatments there have come a long way in just the past two or three years. And apparently there's a lot more early detection, too.

Of course, living in New York all my life, who knows what's lodged in my lungs. Especially after 9-11, and we live in lower Manhattan.
Oy, Melinda.

I like "inconclusive." I like "odds are it's not." Cancer isn't usually vague. In our experience doctors are more apt to see it where it's not (it's their boogeyman) than not to see it where it is. When will you know?
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