24 Oct Dr. Jessup’s Health Update – October 23, 2014
UPDATE ON CANCER
I had a visit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto with our radiation oncologist and with our pancreatic surgeon on Tuesday. I felt it wise to put out an update on our situation.
The oncologist told me there are four tumors in my lungs. There are two in the left lung and two in the right lung. They have grown since the last CT scan. He is willing to do “aggressive” radiation on these tumors in two stages. He wants to begin immediately with radiation on the tumors in the left lung because they are the largest ones. He will wait for three to four months and take another CT and if no new tumors have appeared he will radiate the tumors in the right lung. I am scheduled for my preliminary appointment next Monday with the treatments to begin as soon after that as possible. I think it will likely begin on either Nov. 3 or Nov. 10. I will take radiation on Monday and Thursday for the first two weeks on the first tumor and then I will take two weeks of radiation, Monday and Thursday, on the second tumor in the left lung. This means I will be finished either on Nov. 24 or Dec. 1 depending on when it starts.
There is the potential for inflammation in the lungs which would require steroids to correct. The chances for this happening are 5% normally but in my case it will be 15-20% because of doing two tumors in the same lung. Also, it will affect my preaching and my lung capacity. He said that this will destroy a significant portion of the lung and I would notice breathing problems and shortness of breath. Of course, if we are able to do both lungs it will double the problem with the breathing. Other side effects are fatigue and a dry cough.
The pancreatic surgeon met with us and believes surgery is needed on the pancreas. He is going to look for a good specialist in the States that I can follow up with on this. He said that this surgery is not a simple surgery because of the location of the tumor in the middle of the pancreas or the “neck’. If it were on either end it would be a much easier surgery but he feels since it is growing, it should be done. He did say that this is not something needed immediately but can be done if all goes well with the radiation in the lungs.
After thinking about all this we believe this is the best course of action at this time. We will try to get as many people to bathe this in prayer as possible and leave the results with the Lord. He can use these specialists to perform His will in our lives.
We are encouraged by how the Lord is working. We were concerned about the sale of the house with the radiation going on and specifically prayed yesterday morning that the Lord would prepare someone to buy the house that would want to close after the first of the year. Only an hour after breakfast, our realtor called with the news of an offer from the first person to look at the house when she first listed it exclusively. We got more than the first accepted offer and the closing date of Feb. 27th which is about the same time as we will close in Bentonville. This will give me time to get through the radiation and get things ready to move.
We are wonderfully blessed with how the Lord is working and we want to keep humble through all this. We don’t want to get to the place where we think we deserve God to work as we expect. We are very thankful for His hand upon us at this time.
Dr Earl Jessup