Tuesday, April 22, 2008

First Oncologist Appointment

A thorough googling of "lymphoma" quickly led me to the idea that I ought to be working with a major "Cancer Center" to get my "lymphoma thing" analyzed & properly diagnosed. The closest cancer center to me is the UCSD Moores center in San Diego.

I met with a recommended oncologist today, Dr. Januario E. Castro outcomes or courses of actions before a lymph node biopsy & a bone marrow biopsy were done to determine a firm diagnosis. While he said the biopsy might show one of 40 different lymphomas, if he had to gues. Dr. Castro's demeanor seem perfect for me and Nancy. We waited quite awhile for the exam to start but when it finally did the doctor seemed to have all the time in the world for us. He took a very a thorough history and did a physical exam. He looked at my MRI & PET scan reports and told us that it was impossible to suggest possibles he say some indications of stage 2a Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said if I was going to get lymphoma at all that Hodgkin's was the one to get since "that's the one you always see on TV where they get diagnosed & cured all in the same 60 minutes".

I'm going to see a "head & neck" surgical oncologist tomorrow to discuss removing one of the three abnormal lymph nodes to do a biopsy & diagnosis. He said once the two biopsies were done we'd meet again in two weeks, go over the findings, answer all the questions and he'd recommend a course of treatment.

I must say that if you're going to have cancer, UCSD's Moores Cancer Center is were you want to have it worked on. Every person there is so nice. Nancy & I feel like we're visiting Club Med. You can't go anywhere without having some nice person escort you so you don't get lost. Dr. Castro's very nice nurse case manager, Theresa Diaz R.N., actually came to find us in the laboratory waiting room to update us about our appointment the next day with the surgeon. Talk about amazing customer service!

3 comments:

kathleen said...

A 2 week wait after your biopsy seems extremely long. Would you at least ask that the findings and recommendations be put on the 'fast track' for my sake.
Luv & Hugs, Mom

Darby said...

I will be praying for you Dan. I pray that you will be diagnosed and healed in 60 minutes. You are in God's hands...

Darby

Alice said...

Dan,
Our love and prayers are with you and your family during this time of waiting... which is the hard part. Did you actually get in there today for the biopsy? Please keep us in the loop and remember John 16:33 and Psalm 46 esp v. 10
Love
Aunt Alice (Uncle Harold too)