Jayme had a PET scan this morning, then we met with Dr Myron, the oncologist to discuss the results. Never did I think that hearing the words "chemo" and "radiation" would make me feel better, but in this case, they did. The cancer is "treatable for a cure." Those were Dr Myron's words. Relief does not begin to describe our feelings.
The tumor which is located at the juncture of the esophagus and stomach is very active, but localized. The PET scan showed it has not traveled beyond that area, and with chemo, radiation and subsequent surgery, this thing can be eradicated. Jayme will have an endoscopy ultrasound on Friday to see how deep into the tissue and muscle it has gone, but at least now we know he has a shot. That's all we wanted, a chance to beat this thing.
He will have a second opinion next week as far as treatment, but it appears he will have five weeks of radiation and chemo, then off for four weeks, followed by surgery to resect the esophagus/stomach. The plan is to have the surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Many, many heartfelt thanks for all the emails, phone calls, prayers, positive thoughts, etc. We both know it has helped and will continue to help us fight this disease. We know the next several months will be rough, but we are up for the challenge and ready to fight this together.
Love to all our family and friends. You have made such a difference in our lives.