Well my wife had her results this morning after a wait of about 4 weeks. The needle biopsies confirmed the neck tumours are malignant and the MRI scan has shown a significant tumour at the base of her tongue on which they want to do a surgical biopsy under general anaesthetic but must first have a case conference with her Chest Consultant to establish if she is strong enough to take the anaesthetic (only a 15 minute procedure but still a full general. Until the surgical biopsy is done we will not know the type or stage of the tumour whether it is the primary or even the most appropriate treatment options.
Maggie's ENT Surgeon has already ruled out surgery, she is just not strong enough to face the tauma, so radiotherapy (she has the same radiologist I had who recognised me and was surprised to see me today for the first time in 7 years) chemotherapy and ????? We are in Scotland and I know there are drugs available here which are not yet available in England for cases where surgery is not an option.
I have no idea of her chances of survivability given her other problems but will endeavour to make her quality of life as good as she will let me and have pointed her to my own experience in praying it gives her hope. She knows she is not as strong as I was then and has accepted that surgery is not for her an option, but any treatment for this afflication is traumatic and damaging and I know she will suffer more than I did and she will make comparisons which I know will not be positive.
Can you give me confidence for the future guys and girls, I need to be strong but feel so very weak right now. For those with faith I will appreciate your prayers for Maggie and the whole family: I never ask "Why Me?" but we do need all the help we can get and I am not too proud to accept same! Alan