July 16, 2008

Well, the fantastic news is that the lymph node biopsy came back negative for cancer – I don’t feel any better physically, but mentally it is such a load off!

The doctor who did the endoscopic ultrasound biopsy last Friday called today with the news. He also told me that they’d done special staining of some of the tissue samples looking for tuberculosis, and some fungoidal diseases. These all came out negative, but he said that doesn’t mean that I don’t have one of them, it just means that my chances of having one of them is much reduced. I suspect that if they really believed I had TB, they would be quarantining me. It’s some sort of infection or inflammatory disease, but at least we’ve narrowed it down to those categories and eliminated cancer.

The oncologist who ordered the testing and biopsy is on vacation this week, so he will need to review the pathology report next week when he’s back, and then make his recommendation on the next step. Since it isn’t cancer, I presume that he will either have me go see my primary care physician, or refer me to a specialist. If he doesn’t know what it is, I don’t know how he’ll be able to determine what kind of specialist, so I made an appointment with my primary care, just in case (you know how hard it can be to get in to see them!).

So I’m still waiting, but at least I don’t have to worry about cancer any more.

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