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PET scan results showed up right before surgeon appointment yesterday. The "very large" mass had grown, there is a possibility of a small spot of lymphoma in stomach, but the overall message is that we needed the more invasive chest biopsy. It also became apparent that the 1st biopsy was hard to read because the inside of the mass is all dead tissue. This info coupled with the fact that The pain has been increasing, prompted my surgeon for sending me to the ER so we could do biopsy as soon as possible (not necessarily an emergency, but we need to get moving in this process!).
At 715pm last night I went into OR for 2nd biopsy, this time with general anesthesia. The procedure took 3 hours, because they kept having to take out more and more tissue from the mass. When all was said and done, about 2/3 of the mass was removed late last night! I've been awake and slowly regaining independence since 630 this morning (they removed the chest tube that was there to suction out any liquid), walked to bathroom on my own (yay), we're waiting on chest X-rays so I can walk around floor.
The pain was difficult to deal with last night, but now we have it managed with
Combo of IV meds and pills. Current plan is for me to leave today, and for pathology to look at new samples on Monday!