Thursday, April 23, 2009

another dad update

We found out yesterday that my dad's cancer has spread to 4 out of 8 lymph nodes; his official staging is T3-N2-M0 (meaning that there was penetration of the tumor into the bowel wall, there were cancer cells in at least 4 surrounding lymph nodes, and no metastasis to other organs). That puts his stage grouping at Stage IIIC (colon cancer staging goes from 0-IV). Five-year survival rate for Stage III is 44%. He starts chemotherapy next week, with the treatment lasting about 6-8 weeks.

I will probably be traveling back and forth between Palo Alto and Las Vegas for the next few months for care-taking and mediation between my mom and dad (because an uncomfortable dad and an overly headstrong mom does not equal crazy delicious).

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