Our two oldest boys came up for a visit this afternoon. Singing to the tune "Mustang Sally" we have "Wheelchair Mama" pretending we have Luke (Kate's cousin) singing. Kate took each of the boys on a wheelchair ride in her lap with me pushing them along. They really enjoyed their special time with mom. But what they enjoyed even more was the huge basket of goodies in the room. Overall, it was a good visit.
Now, for the difficult news, actually it's good news, bad news. Dr. Forget was in for a visit this evening with the pathology report. Unfortunately, the tumor is cancerous, however, in Kate's words fortunately it's not the "big kahuna".
The pathology report shows the tumor is considered a mixed-glioma (low to mid grade), a combination of astrocytoma (astro) and oligodendroglioma (oligo) cancer cells, mostly oligo cells.
Also, the tumor is a primary brain tumor, meaning that it originated solely in the brain. Apparently, some tumors (secondary tumors) orginate elsewhere in the body (lungs, etc) and also in the brain. We are grateful it was primary.
Due to the presence of oligo cells, the tumor is being sent to Barnes Hospital for further tests to determine if it has gene mutation. If it does, there is a specific course of chemotherapy treatment, called Temodar, which is oral medication taken daily for 3-6 months. It is well tolerated by the body compared to other forms of chemotherapy.
We will know the results of the test by the end of next week. But regardless of the results, Kate will need, at a minimum, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or a combination of the two to kill the remaining cancer cells.
We are very fortunate the tumor was not a glioblastoma, a high grade tumor that does not normally respond to standard treatments and the patient is told they have less than 2 years to live. Kate refers to this as the Big Kahuna.
We are still processing the news but are grateful the cancer should be treatable. Praise God.
We have a long road ahead of us but we know God will carry us every step of the way in His everlasting arms.
Please pray for us. We appreciate all of your support during this very difficult time.
Dave and Kate
P.S. Kate will be going home tomorrow from the hospital. We are waiting until then to talk with our children. We ask for wisdom to communicate this information.