Jayme had an endoscopic ultrasound today. A long day it was; arrived at Menorah at 10 am and arrived home around 6 pm. Dr Jaffri, a gastroenterologist, performed the test and gave us a pretty good report. It is a large tumor, located at the base of the esophagus, but mainly in the stomach, and, is the size of a baseball. Yes, I said baseball. Wow. However, it does not appear to be in the lymph nodes around the site, but is deep in the tissue. He biopsied one lymph node and it came back benign. This would classify it as a Stage 2, which we all think is good news.
We liked Dr Jaffri. He performs around 700 of these procedures yearly, in fact did three today. He gave Jayme a good prognosis and thinks going to MD Anderson is our best option for a successful surgery.
Jayme's main focus is to consume enough nutrition daily to maintain his weight. Eating is a very time consuming task since swallowing has become so difficult these past weeks. Lots of pasta and ice cream. No more steak or bread.
On Monday we have four appointments at the KC Cancer Center, one of those with the Radiologist, Dr Coster. We will then have a 2nd opinion with Dr Baranda from KU on Tuesday regarding his treatment. Then a final decision will be made on where he will receive chemo and radiation. Jayme spoke with MD Anderson this week and they said most treatment regimens for this type of cancer are standard. There are also "clinical trials" available at various times and we will explore that option with the KU Med doc.
I know I am repeating myself, but please know that the emails, phone calls and prayers have meant so much to us, more than you know! It's a wave we will keep on riding throughout. And after all, if 155 people on a commercial jetliner can crash land on the Hudson River and all survive, then certainly his cancer can be cured. Jayme concurs.