We got the pathology report today. Unfortunately it was not good news. The tumor is a grade 4 tumor. This is a cancerous tumor and as a grade 4 is the most aggressive grade that can be given. Obviously this is disappointing. Of grade 4 tumors some are more responsive to radiation and chemotherapy than others. They are doing more extensive testing to see how responsive this tumor will be to treatment. Even though they got all of the tumor there are still cells left behind that can cause reoccurring cancer. With a grade 4 tumor it is very likely this will happen.
Although this is not good news the doctor said Dennis' age and overall health will be important. He will begin radiation and chemotherapy soon. There is a team of doctors who will meet on Monday to go over his case and discuss all the possible approaches to his care.
For the next couple of weeks Dennis will concentrate on healing from the surgery. They can't start the next phase of treatment until he has healed some.
God is walking along this journey with us. He is meeting our needs in so many ways. Keep praying for us. We are being supported by your prayers.