Wednesday, February 7, 2007

2nd Opinion - MD Anderson

We had an appointment at MD Anderson yesterday afternoon to see Dr. Patrick Lin in order to get a second opinion and hoping for clarity with Brad’s case. Although, we didn’t leave with much in the way of new information, MD Anderson found the same diagnosis for the pathology report when they tested the unstained tissues for themselves.

This response gives us some reassurance in moving forward to make a decision for a surgical option in knowing that another pathology group found the same results as the original report. It was also reassuring to know that the doctors who have been working on Brad’s case from the start, are some of the very same doctors who have held lead positions at MD Anderson at some point in their career. Dr. Lin was very familiar with everyone who has worked on Brad’s case up to this point.

This afternoon we visited with Dr. Marco who performed Brad’s first surgery. We had the opportunity to ask him all of the questions we have been contemplating over the last several weeks. After the follow up appointment today with Dr. Marco and a lot of prayer, we have planned at this time to schedule Brad for a custom knee replacement in April.

Following that surgery Brad will continue to have MRI’s and CT scans every few months to ensure that the cancer does not move into his lungs or reappear in another part his femur. Brad will be at home recovering through the rest of the school year and into the summer. Our prayer is that Brad will make a great recovery after these back-to-back surgeries and be up and running in the fall when he starts back to school at the end of August.

We want to thank you for all of the prayers and support. We feel blessed to have a certain level of peace by beginning to formulate a plan for Brad’s treatment so that next week we can focus on the arrival of a brand-new family member.
We love you all, Jenny

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