We met with Dr. Loukas today to discuss our situation in more detail. Things are worse than even he (and we) thought. It is very unfortunate.
Recall that pesky pulled muscle in Maggie’s neck I referred to in my last post? Well, apparently, it’s not a pulled muscle. It’s an inflamed lymph node, swollen from a tumor growing inside it. Dr. Loukas said the scan showed small tumors up the center Maggie’s chest. The one in the neck surprised him. Surprised us, too.
He told us that we need to get into a trial quickly because we need an effective systemic treatment. He’s calling San Antonio and Dallas to find us some options. He also strongly recommended that Maggie pull back her law practice quite a bit, at least for a while. At least until we find a treatment that works.
He said that if the steroid that he’s prescribing (Decedron) doesn’t help the swelling and pain then we could start radiation treatment on that one spot to kill off the cancer cells. Of course, we responded with “why the hell don’t we do that with all the tumors?” He explained (using less descriptive words than I’ve chosen) using radiation to kill off the tumors would be the equivalent of trying to take out a termite’s nest by killing one termite at a time. Fun to hear them pop when you squish them, but not very effective overall.
I won’t insult you with sugar-coating. This sucks. But we are coping. Maggie’s in good spirits. I think there’s a Vicodin-assist going on, at least a little bit. And, me? Well, if you don’t like the mood I’m in, wait 5 minutes.