Brandon had two follow-up appointments today, one with the surgical oncologist and one with the kidney doctor. First, the surgical oncologist examined him and felt “something” at the site of the laparoscopic surgery he had when he was diagnosed. He said that sometimes tumors can hide in the laparoscopic site and not be reached by the chemo he used following his surgery, so he is sending Brandon for an MRI to see if he can determine what it is. (MRI because he can’t do the CT scan they would normally do since Brandon’s kidney function is still not good.) There’s a possibility it could be scar tissue from the laparoscopic procedure, so we are praying for that! The soonest he could get in for the MRI is October 3, and he will follow up with the surgical oncologist for results on October 4.
The kidney doctor said that his numbers had been EVER SO SLOWLY creeping in the right direction, but she’s not sure if they will continue to get better. They’ve pretty much leveled off in the last month or so. She wants to go ahead with the kidney biopsy she had considered doing earlier in the summer so we can find out for sure what is going on there. She said they will be able to tell if there is permanent damage/scar tissue from this procedure or if the kidneys are still plugging along, trying to regenerate. This is scheduled for Friday, and he will go in early in the morning for the biopsy and then spend the night in the hospital for observation afterwards. If all goes well, he will come home Saturday morning.
Please keep Brandon in your thoughts and prayers over the next couple of weeks as he goes through these procedures, and we’ll update this site with any results or news.