Derek is through with the lung pleurodesis procedures and biopsies. The surgeon informed us that there is cancer on the lungs which has most likely contributed to the lungs collapsing. I don't want to believe that the cancer has metasticized (moved to another location). The surgeon felt that the procedure went well.
There will be a pathology report in a couple of days confirming the type of cancer. At that time, they will suggest chemo treatment options. Radiation on the lung is not an option, because there are so many tumor spots.
We have agreed to have Derek's tumor/blood entered in a targeted gene testing program which is fairly new here at Mayo Clinic. It is in the Individualized Medicine division. This could help determine which chemo drugs to try. There are three different tests...one taking as long as 2 weeks, and another taking 3 weeks, and the third taking 15 weeks. We are only patient #12 here to go through this process, so there are not many statistics and certainly no promises.
We haven't seen Derek yet or received our room assignment, but we will be located on the Francis floor 5 at St. Mary's hospital, Mayo Clinic, for the next 5 days at least and probably more.
I trust in God Almighty who knows and sees all things, and He LOVES us more than I could ever love Derek, and that's a lot.
Love to all of you who are praying and helping,