Scout and the specialist

There’s not much new to report today. Scout saw Dr. Koch the internist for a follow up to the ultrasound from last Saturday. Dr. Koch said that Scout’s external glands were a bit prominent, which was a surprise, and not really a good sign.

Dr Koch had three other doctors with him, which made things a little overwhelming for Scout – and for me a little bit, too, having them stare at me while I cried. But he did a great job of explaining what was going on and answering questions. They kept Scout for the afternoon and took samples from the lymph nodes and the mass in his spleen, and sent them to Cornell. We’ll get the results hopefully tomorrow.

There is still a chance that it’s not cancer. Dr Koch explained that if Scout was a year old, he’d pursue some of other avenues first, like inflammation and infectious disease. But since Scout is 5 yrs old, there is a very real possibility that he could have cancer so we’re hoping to rule that out first since it’s the scariest.

Except that it’s sounding more likely that we’ll confirm cancer rather than rule it out. While Dr Koch said that he did look at the samples, he has to let the radiologist give the diagnosis. Although he did say that he didn’t see anything that made him change his mind about being concerned about cancer.

Even if these samples are clear we’ll likely do a biopsy to make completely sure. Unfortunately, Dr Koch also said that while lymphoma usually has a year prognosis, gastrointestinal lympoma has a much worse prognosis. All we can do right now is pray for the best and prepare for the worst.

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2 responses to “Scout and the specialist

  1. I will be praying!

  2. Thanks! My poor dog.

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