Waiting has to be the worst part! The surgeon and the oncologist spent a long time tonight with the family. They explained so very thoroughly what Tyler's current situation is and what they are trying to do next.
As they explained yesterday, they want to put the breaks on the chemo. They clarified that they feel this is a window of opportunity to try and surgically remove the tumor. Tyler is in better shape with the stomach infection. And as they've said, the cancer wasn't even on their radar until that stomach healed more. Now that he is healing from that, they feel that more chemo could risk an infection in the stomach again and that would be steps backwards. With this tera toma cancer, they would try and shrink it and do surgery anyway. So, they are feeling this might be that opportunity and then they could go back in, close the stomach and then do more chemo. Closing his stomach in and of itself is a very major surgery. So they are trying to do what is best for Tyler at every step of this process. (At least this is what I was gathering from their explanation. I hope I understood all of that correctly.)
So...now the waiting game. They are not surgical specialist in this kind of cancer, but they know people who are. Their first phone call was to Dr. Saha in Flint tonight. We are waiting for him to review the case and see if he is willing to do the surgery or make recommendations on others that might consider it. He is a surgical oncologist and has experience with these types of tumors. We're hoping and praying that he will take Tyler. If he will not, we're praying he knows of another specialist that he would recommend.
Please pray for Tyler's doctors. Please pray that they make wise decisions. Please pray that Dr. Saha will consider Tyler and be willing to perform the surgery. Please also pray for peace for this family as we await the news on whether someone will take Tyler's case.
Philippians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally,
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.