Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Bones About It!

This is a picture of one of Jeff's 12 biopsies filled with cancer.

Okay this is what we know...

It's not in his bones!!!!!!!!!!

But somewhere along the line his doctor missed diagnosing this and it is very advanced. He is right in between curable and incurable (he was told he would see Lily graduate from high school.)

He will have his prostrate taken out Feb 10th. While in the OR the doctor will send biopsies of the surrounding lymph nodes to the lab (along with the prostrate itself) if the labs see any cancer they will tell the doctor where it is at and he will shave off a little more. Then he will get his blood drawn in 2 months and they will watch the PSA if it gets above a certain point they will treat the little cluster of cells with radiation. The cancer is to far gone to treat with radiation now. Getting it now would cause more harm to the surrounding organs (bladder, rectum, "his unit") because the area is so large.

This doctor is the leading dr in Utah for this type of surgery and one of the top two in urology , so we are comfortable with him.

He will be in the hospital for 2 - 3 days and have his own self dispensing drug dripper :-) He will need to be off work for 10 days to two weeks (ha - I'll try to keep him home for 5!)

After the 2 months he will need to be checked every 6 months and we pray that his PSA hasn't increased!

We are going to have a special fast for both Jeff and Julie (this is my sister that was diagnosed with Hodgkin's during the holidays) this coming Sunday, February 6th. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during that time or any day of the week!

Go here to read Kenny's poem about his Dad. Just remember some of his poems are very graphic, so if you read other poems you might get an eye full! Kenny is hanging in there. He has had his days like all of us but he is holding his own for now. Lily is the one who is crying daily about her Daddy.

You can go here to read Lily's blog about her Daddy.

Thanks for your love, support, and prayers.

1 comment:

  1. My doctor and I talk about prostate every year when I get my annual medical. Prostate cancer killed my grandfather, and I believe was a problem for my dad (who died at 95). I had a scare a few years ago, but it was ruled out by very thorough testing.
    Ironically, most men die with prostate cancer, but not of prostate cancer.
    I hope Jeff's treatment is successful!


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