Hey to all you kind generous souls. Thanks to all who have helped in the past week. I am so grateful. I am sure there will be more to do in the future. Thanks for making it so easy to ask for it. Bless you all.
The pet scan showed some spots in his bones- shoulder blade, spine and hips. This is 'metastatic bone cancer', and is not a 'primary site' bone cancer. It is the esophageal cancer which has spread to his bones. It is possible to cure metastatic bone cancer with chemo and radiation. The oncology nurse reviewed Ken's chart, and did not see any mention of liver or lung cancer metastases, as of this afternoon. They ran an MRI this evening to check the spine and brain. We are waiting on the results of that test.
He got another "pick" for TPN feeding, which is a fluid-based feeding that is fortified with nutrients.
This is not the "feeding tube" that he will have during chemo. That will go in next week. Looks like he'll remain in the hospital for the weekend at least.
He started radiation today. Because the tumors in the esophagus are present almost throughout the entire length of the esophagus, they do not want to do surgery, yet, (if at all), because of concerns regarding breaching the trachea. This would make Ken very susceptible to pneumonia, which is a complication we don't need. Recent research results and clinic trial studies on esophageal cancer have indicated that patients have better or equal results without surgery, using chemo and radiation only, as they have with surgery.
Often, radiation and chemo are used to first shrink the tumors, to make them more operable. Ken is currently scheduled for 28 days of radiation and chemo therapy. We'll see where he's at, at that point.
I'm going up tonight for movie night and oh! he got elevated to whole liquids and cream soups, pudding and stuff like that. Whatever he can tolerate. His drink of choice is currently chocolate milk. Maybe even some tomato soup as an entree, tonight! :)
Enjoy your new years eve. Love to all and we'll talk again tomorrow. -Inga