As you know, my dad went for surgery on May 31st to have a lump removed from near his left ear (a perotidectomy). We have been waiting patiently (ok, not really patiently) to find out the results of the pathology tests. Last night the doctor called my parents to let them know that the tumor was, indeed, malignant. Definitely not the news were hoping and praying for.
All we know thus far is that he has been diagnosed with “poorly differentiated carcinoma”. A Google search resulted in a lot of confusing articles as it seems that poorly differentiated carcinoma can come in a variety of flavors (…of unknown primary site …of the mediastinum … even related to breast cancer). So it seems we will have to wait for an appointment with the doctors to get our questions answered.
Next steps include a PET scan to determine if/where the cancer may have spread, and an appointment with the radiologist. They asked for the same radiologist that I went to, since I thought he was great. The whole facility was great, and it’s actually closer than where they first were going to send him. The surgeon/ENT did say that it was ok for my parents to celebrate the upcoming graduations of their granddaughter and grandson before doing anything, and so we are looking at doing the PET scan sometime late next week. Waiting the week would not have any negative impacts.
Thanks for your continued prayers as we adjust to this news and figure out the details and action plan.
All I can say is: enough. Just enough already…
And while we are talking about too much cancer going around, I thought I’d share the following article I read today. While dad clearly doesn’t fall in the “30” category, I found the trend interesting, along with some recommended calls to action.