Positive (UPDATE: 6:23 pm PeterTime)
Today a relative of mine is having Cancer surgery.
The Cancer is located on the tongue.
I can’t really give much more info.
I’m a private guy. We’re a private family in general. But, this relative is VERY private.
This specific type of Cancer usually hits smokers and heavy drinkers. My relative is neither. And this relative is such a good person. Cancer is never “fair,” but in this case it feels especially unfair.
There is some fear that Cancer may also be located elsewhere. The tests have been inconclusive so far, but have cast enough doubt to add stress to an already very stressed-out family.
They’ll know more after surgery.
What we do know for sure is that later today this relative is going to go through a fairly long surgery – could be longer than expected, depending on the condition of lymph nodes. And the recovery will most likely be very painful. Radiation may be needed. (The possible side effects of such treatment in that area are too disturbing to mention right now.)
It is good that my relative has lots of friends and family members for support. Not everyone is so lucky.
Still, I’d appreciate any good thoughts or prayers you could lend today.
Surgery went as well as could be expected. (Yay!) They got clean margins around the tumor. The tumor and lymph nodes were sent to the lab. Will get results in about a week. Going to spend a few days – up to a week – in hospital while the tongue heals. (Skin graft involved.) If the pathology shows no “particularly agressive cells” there MAY not be a need for radiation. We’ll worry about the other spot once the tongue is healed.
Thanks SOOOOOOO much for the kind comments, sweet e-mails and helpful and successful thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate it.