So here is the info we got today from the oncologist at the University of Chicago after they reviewed Scott's case with the tumor board.
There are 2 types of appendix cancer. One that stays in the abdomen and doesn't spread any further. And another one that spreads beyond the abdomen, usually to the liver or lungs. They believe Scott's is the type that COULD spread.
I want to be clear, from what they know, they DO NOT BELIEVE IT HAS SPREAD BEYOND HIS ABDOMEN but it is in one of his lymph nodes which means the potential for it to spread to those organs is there.
So they are recommending 6 months of chemo. He would be on 3 different chemo drugs. Two to keep the cancer from spreading and kill any cells that might be "hiding out" somewhere in his body and the other to help shrink the tumors in his abdomen. He will be able to have the treatment done here in the Quad Cities. They have had really good results with this treatment so we felt good about our options.
At the end of the 6 months they will do another CT scan to see what has happened with the tumors. As long as it hasn't spread or new tumors have not developed then we would discuss possibly having the surgery at that point. Medially speaking, the surgery is still the only way to truly "cure" this type of cancer. Ultimately we still believe that God can use various ways to cure this whether it be through the use of medicine, nutrition, or his healing hand and are holding on to that promise. God is bigger than this and we still are trusting in him completely.
Next step is meeting with our oncologist here to discuss the report from the University of Chicago and decide when and how to proceed. They want to give him a couple more weeks to fully recover from his previous surgery before they would start treatment.
Please pray that God will give us both complete peace in the next week of our next step and how exactly to proceed.