Dr. Martinez called me at around 6:00 tonight and said the CT scan of Ana’s lungs was “worrisome.”
We don’t know much more about the mass in her abdomen except that Dr. Kato feels it would be easy to remove.
There is a definite concern that these masses are related and that they are malignant. That made my heart stop for a few agonizing moments, but please keep in mind that there are a few possible scenarios.
- The mass in Ana’s abdomen is a recurrence of the tumor and once removed, she’ll be kept on Celebrex to prevent further recurrence
- The mass on her abdomen is an inflamed lymph node which is benign (best case scenario)
- The masses on her abdomen and in her lungs are related, are lymph nodes and are malignant (worst case scenario)
Ana needs to get a PET scan of her lungs to see if they can further diagnose those nodules, but Dr. Hochberg basically wants to take the liver mass and the largest lung mass out so we can see exactly what’s going on. She will need to get the masses removed the week after next (Dr. Martinez wants them removed next week, but I have to get authorization from the insurance company and Ana has two school events she wants to go to — Dr. Martinez said that waiting a week is okay).
Remember — there are many possible scenarios and the worst case scenario is not necessarily what’s going on here. It’s Dr. Martinez’s job to err on the side of caution (even though that means more surgery for Ana).
Thanks, as always, for all of your prayers, positive thoughts and never-ending support.