Tara had her appointment yesterday with the Oncologist to learn the extent of her cancer. We sat together listening closely trying to keep emotion from clouding our understanding. Of course we had hoped to find that the cancer was miraculously gone, but that didn’t happen. We were told that the cancer was visible in a number (12 or more) lymph nodes in her chest area and 2 areas on the outer lining of one of her lungs. There was no recurrence in the abdomen. In 25 years, our oncologist has not seen a recurrence like this, only in the chest (not implying anything good or bad).
Chemotherapy seems to be the best course of action. Since it is the same cancer type, they are hopeful that the same chemo regimen will be effective. The good news is that Tara will not undergo another surgery. The bad news is that she knows what these chemo drugs do to her, and she dreads it. Chemo starts Monday.