Thank you to all of you who have checked in to see how my Dad is doing. The pragmatic man that he is, Dad seems to be doing fine, seemingly taking things in stride for now. “It is what it is” and we’ll take it as it comes.
We have been waiting for the results of the biopsy he had on March 3rd. It took a bit longer than I had hoped or expected, but today finally we got news. So the good news is that it is NOT mesothelioma. The doctor called that one a “nasty” disease and if there is any silver lining in any of this, it is that.
As expected, however, they did confirm that what was seen on imaging IS cancer: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. This rare cancer is normally found in the head and neck (my Dad’s was in his parotid gland), but can also be found in other locations. The most common place for metastasis is the lung, which is where this has now appeared. This cancer is normally slow-growing, but can behave aggressively with some people. The 5-year survival rate appears to be 89% but this cancer is normally found in young and middle-aged adults.
We will start with an appointment next week with the doctor who has been ordering the tests and doing some of the follow up care. Then it’s off to the oncologist to see what the options are. The option actually may end up being to just “observe”, since we aren’t sure that chemo or radiation will be good options for Dad, considering his age and health. More to come on that.
Thanks again for caring, my friends! I know it means a lot to Dad, too, to know people care.
Personally, I am doing mostly well but dealing with a chronic case of hives — going on week 2 at this point. It’s been about 5 years since I dealt with this — and last time it was related to exposure to a toxin. This time, we haven’t quite figured it out yet. My personal theory is that it’s related to my recent / current lymphedema flare. I think perhaps garbage is stuck in my system somewhere and having difficulty moving out. I’ve started some cleansing herbals, along with a HistaBlock to help with the itching. I’m holding my own but mostly just crazy itchy!
IMDb: Fathers and Daughters (2015)