Wednesday, August 30, 2006

lumps, etc.

Dan met with Dr. B, the surgeon who removed the original malignant lymph node, yesterday to discuss the necessary additional lump-hacking and portacath installation.

It was basically just another meeting. The hospital will follow up with Dan to schedule the surgery.

Only tantalizing tidbit from this encounter was learning that there's a slight risk of puncturing Dan's lung when installing the portacath. The portacath will be completely under the skin, leading into a vein. That way for chemo, the needle will only have to go into the portacath, not the vein itself. I'm assuming this is such a better procedure than need in the vein that it overrides any concerns of lung-puncturing.

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