I received a report of the CT scan I had on the 25th. Most of the parts are stable except one new finding in the mediastinum lymph nodes–12mm soft tissue density. The report said this is “suspicious for lymphadenopathy”. In another words, it may be cancer.
After the previous CT scan in Aug., I stopped Tykerb for three weeks planning to change into Perjeta, a brand new drug. I wonder if that allowed cancer to grow again. The result was discouraging; as I had seen data that Taxol could be effective for 6 to 12 months, I expected the same even in my case.
I recalled the doctor’s words: “I’ve never seen such a resilient cancer.”
My oncologist said she would discuss with a radiology specialist who wrote the report and explain it to me on this Friday when I visit her.
Today I resumed the infusion that was held off for a week due to the fever and received the refill of Tykerb as well. Yet probably I have to change the regimen again soon.
George will have the 3rd surgery to fix his vocal cords tomorrow Thursday, after the ESL Bible study. He had this procedure already twice this year, but his voice has become raspy again. He will be injected with a substance to close his paralyzed vocal cords without opening the throat. The procedure should be simple, quick, as well as the recovery. Yet I cannot help praying for him. I hope he can get back the voice and reduce some stress.
“Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.” (The letter of James 1: 2-4)
Opening the Bible, I meditate on the words of James.
Jesus came to the earth two thousand years ago and told that the kingdom of God was near. He declared war against Satan who was responsible for all afflictions and calamities including death and diseases. The spiritual war has not been over yet but He will get the victory and complete the Kingdom— I just learned in the Bible class.
The more we are needy, the closer Jesus is to us!
Recalling His gentle face, I prayed for the success of tomorrow’s surgery and that peace, hope, and strength would be restored in us quickly again.