Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Life Happens

Once again, life has precluded everything else.

I'm in Arkansas with my mom, who's in the hospital. She had surgery on Monday and they discovered cancer. I'm very glad I'm here. She has a chest tube in and with our experience with those, I'm the perfect one to be by her side. CT scans showed no masses, but after they drained 2.5 liters of fluid from her lung, they discovered the pleura was "tumor studded." Doctor just came in and said the path report says it's adenocarcinoma of a papillary nature. They think it's ovarian, not breast. This morning's xray showed a small pneumothorax, so he said they'll need to keep the chest tube on suction for another day or so.

Here's what one website says:
"What is Adenocarcinoma?

Although commonly associated with lung cancer, adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that develops in cells lining glandular types of internal organs, such as the lungs, breasts, colon, prostate, stomach, pancreas, and cervix. Another type of adenocarcinoma, mucinous adenocarcinoma, accounts for only 10-15% of all adenocarcinomas and is particular to aggressive carcinomas that are comprised of at least sixty percent mucus.'"

Papillary has to do with the thyroid and glandular stuff.

5 comments:

new*me said...

Keeping your mother and you in my prayers. You are where you are needed....Arkansas isn't too far from me.

Scale Junkie said...

Oh June, I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will keep you and your Mom in my thoughts and prayers. Its times like this when I wish I lived next door to all of my internet friends so I could truly be a shoulder to lean on. Know I'm there in spirit.

Heather said...

Im so sorry to hear that! I will also keep you and your mom in my thoughts.

Donnalouise, Donna or DC said...

Oh...so sad to hear this news of your mother's health. It's good that you are with her. You're both in my thoughts...

Pam Burdett said...

June, I'm so sorry to read about your mom. Hugs to you, my friend.