Friday, January 29, 2010

Cancer update #2

The MRI did show a spot in Dad's brain so last Tuesday was "Brain Surgery Day". It was a non-invasive surgery using a laser called the Gamma Knife and it went well. Picture a highlighting cap with a laser in each hole. The individual lasers do no harm to the brain tissue, but they are all aimed at one small spot. The power of the combined lasers at that one spot zaps the tumor - poof! (Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!) They did a higher definition MRI that day but it did not reveal any more spots in the brain so they were able to take that one out and maybe we are finished with the brain. (Did you get that David Sedaris reference?) Two days later on Thursday, he started chemo for the all the other spots - lungs, neck, windpipe. He was feeling OK Thursday night; I haven't gotten my Friday update yet but am keeping fingers crossed.


Jenny said...

We went through kidney cancer with my dad and prostrate cancer with my father in law. It can be so scary and uncertain when those we depend upon for so many things are hurting. Thinking of you. and both my father and FIL are cancer survivors!!!!

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to hear things went well, but what a difficult time for your whole family. You're in my thoughts and prayers.