Staging the tumor

As I do further research on this thing, it just seems like the thing we need to be most worried about is not the size of the tumor, not so much on whether or not it has spread into adjacent structures, but whether or not any lymph nodes are involved.

Here’s how these things are staged.

A tumor 2cm or smaller is a T1.  Bigger than 2cm but smaller than 4cm, T2.  Bigger than 4cm, T3.  Tumor that invades nearby structures, like base of tongue, mandible, hard palate, etc., T4.

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PET/CT Scan done… now we wait until Monday.

Gail had her PET/CT scan this morning. Of course, we don’t know any more than we did going in, but this will give the two doctors handling her case some more ammo to take to the Tumor Board tomorrow.

(Actually, when I think of a large hospital’s Tumor Board, which is the group that examines each cancer case to come before it to either agree or disagree with a plan for dealing with it, I sort of imagine a Supreme Court — or, if you will, a Harry Potter type setting where professors wearing Merlin hats and long, white beards sit at the head of the room and summon the doctors up one at a time. “You! Step forward and present your tumor!” But I digress.)

It took awhile.

For one thing, forms.

Yes, this was the SIXTH time she’s had to answer the same questions.

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