For those who dont already know....sorry it took me so long to post...i sent this email out last thursday:
We received great news today, CT results came back with no abnormalities detected. What does this mean? Well, it means that his cancer is stage one and the next step we take is prevention oriented. It has a 30% return rate so he was given 3 options
1. surveillance, this means we go every few months for a xray and ct and hope and pray it doesn't return, neither Jay nor I think this is a smart option, 30 % chance is still a 30% chance...
2. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, commonly referred to as RPLND, is a procedure to remove abdominal lymph nodes to treat testicular cancer, as well as help establish its exact stage and type. It is usually performed using an incision that extends from the sternum to several inches below the navel. While laparoscopic methods may be used, they have been considered less effective by some surgeons
Testicular cancer spreads in a well-known pattern, and the lymph nodes in the retroperitoneum are a primary landing site during spread of the disease. Examining the removed lymphatic tissue will determine the extent of spread of any malignant disease and if no malignant tissue is found, the cancer may be more accurately considered as a stage I cancer, limited to the testis.
this would be done to lessen the chance of return but the time he would need to recover would be 2-3 weeks.
or 3. Chemotherapy which will lessen the chance of return to about 10% there will be the normal side effects such as nausea fatigue and his hair would fall out. this would be one round of chemo which is about one month.
We will meet with an oncologist soon to go over all these options and make the decision. we will keep you all posted!
We are SO blessed beyond words at the support and the prayers that were offered up on behalf of Jason and our family, we 100% believe God was walking with us through this whole ordeal, the strength he has given Jason and I has been supernatural. I am feeling like i can just break down and have a good cry now.
Please continue to pray for Jason as he makes these tough decisions in regards to treatments and for the cancer to remain in stage one.