Friday, January 14, 2011

New information...

We just saw Dr. Yopp, Courtney’s surgeon. In his words, “Yesterday was not a home run, but it was definitely a double.” While they were unable to remove any of the tumors, they were able to put in the pump. You see, one tumor sits in close proximity to the inferior vena cava. This is the large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower half of the body to the right atrium of the heart. This tumor’s size and location preclude its removal. Dr. Yopp says that this is the most dangerous tumor, so if you can’t get that one out, you don’t take any out. However, there is a ray of hope. He hopes that the chemo pumped directly into Courtney’s liver can shrink the tumor, thus allowing removal later. They put in a lot of “barrier” to prevent him from forming massive amounts of scar tissue around his liver and in his abdomen. This barrier will make it easier for them to get back to his liver again if additional surgery is possible. He says he only does this if he feels there is a chance they can go back in at another time. Only time will tell. He says that he would be surprised if due to the pump, Courtney wasn’t around at this time next year. We are so excited to hear that. More updates to come..



Melissa Jackson said...

Tyler, Ashley, Courtney, and Sue,

Michael and I are continuing to pray for all of you. We pray fervently for comfort and healing for Courtney and for peace, rest, and comfort for all of you. I know this is a difficult time, but you are all handling it like champs. You have definitely been an encouragement to me.

Molly, Brandon, Gage & Gracie said...

Party is on! Courtney pour us some scotch. Sue get your eyebrows on, straight if you can. Get the lights hung & get the invites going. This party is going to happen! (we better get the rest of the family in on this, especially the newly ordained ministers!) We love you guys!
Molly, Brandon, Gage & Gracie

Bob and Marilyn Stickels said...

Ashley, thanks so much for keeping us up to date. Glad to know that there is a good treatment in place. We are looking forward to many more dinners at Johnson Lake. God Bless. Bob and Marily