Saturday, November 18, 2006

I guess I should clarify

Yesterday, we went to Larry's PCP to get the results of the CT scan from Friday. The radiologist report of the CT scan said there was no infection and that the complex mass was atypical of renal cell carcinoma, or cancer. It's not confirmed by the specialist, but I'm not sure if they can confirm what it is before going in and looking first hand. I've read that if they even suspect cancer of the kidneys that they won't biopsy for fear of spreading it. For now, the tumor is contained within his right kidney, which is a blessing. All the other organs look clear. With all this being said, I suspect they will just remove his kidney.

The thing that really pisses me off (beside the whole mess) is that the radiologist that looked at the CT scan from Friday gleaned more information from the first CT scan Larry had in the hospital. This is the same scan that the ER radiologist was all over the board when he read it. Had the Er radiologist been more confident in their findings, we wouldn't have been running all over the place trying to get answers for the past three weeks.

Thank you for all your prayers. I guess the good thing is that if it is cancer, since it's contained in his kidney he won't need further treatment after they remove the kidney. This just sucks.

1 comment:

Ballpoint Wren said...

Yikes! Losing a kidney—that's hard.

I'm glad it's contained but still, it sucks.

I really hate doctors and tests and insurance companies. They're always so slow about everything.