What I’m Going to Beat:
- CT Scan
- PET Scan
- 2 Biopsies (Liver and Liver/Pancreas)
- 2 Rounds of Blood Work
- Biopsy tissues are being sent to USC for further testing
- Met with Dr. Saab, a liver specialist at UCLA. He was super informative and helpful!
- Megan has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Finn (liver oncologist and one of Dr. Saabs partners).
- Megan is now a case at UCLA where they will put together a team of surgeons, radiologists and oncologists to figure out next steps and the best course of treatment.
- A radiologist is reviewing the PET scan to see how much the lymph nodes have been infected.
- Dr. Saab thinks that there’s a possibility that it could be Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma; a less aggressive type of liver cancer.
Dr. Saab’s radiologist reviewed the scan and felt it was a little unusual to see that amount of swollen lymph nodes with the presumptive diagnosis of liver cancer.
- Pathology report from USC came back: “CT guided needle core biopsy of liver with some features of hepatocellular carcinoma but favor a diagnosis of acinar pancreatic carcinoma.” In other words, pancreatic cancer that spread to the liver. An MRI and a new round of blood tests have been ordered. Until we get those results, nothing is definitive.
July 6th: MRI
- Blood work was completed.
- MRI results have found a 3cm mass outside of the pancreas. Doctors cannot conclude if it is part of the pancreas or if it’s a lymph node.
July 18th: 3rd Biopsy at UCLA Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
July 26th: Diagnosis Finalized (Fibrolamellar)