What's in my favor is that the five prognostic indicators used to determine risk are all in my favor.
- tumor size - small
- number of tumors - one
- less than 12-months since original treatment - it's been three years
- if lymph nodes were positive for cancer at original diagnosis - none were positive
- CEA aka cancer markers less than 200 - my CEA is 6.5
If my doctor's diagnosis is accurate, I have a 70% chance of being cured. And cured is defined as five years cancer-free. I'm getting a second opinion on Friday September 9th. If the treatment recommendation is the same, I'll schedule the surgery immediately following the second opinion.
In the mean time, Bert Scholl & Friends is scheduled to perform on Friday September 9th at O'Toole's in Auburn, NY. We likely won't have anymore gigs until after I recover from surgery. So Friday is going to be a fantastic night. And it's going to be exactly what I need.
And one last thing. For those of you I haven't contacted directly, I've got SO MUCH to manage and just haven't had a chance to call you yet. But I love you all the same.