Wednesday, August 15, 2007

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

We saw Dr. Jac this afternoon and he has decided that Troy will need to stay in the hospital for the next couple of days. We will probably go home tomorrow or Friday. He has ordered a PET Scan for tomorrow because he wants to see how everything looks because of the blood clot (DVT). He also plans for Troy to be on long term medication (at least a year) to thin his blood and prevent further clots.

After some additional research we found out that DVT is pretty common in cancer patients. Both because of the cancer and because of the chemotherapy used to treat it. Troy's mom also has Factor V Leiden which is the most common hereditary blood coagulation disorder in the U.S., and it causes blood clots, so that may also have something to do with this.

Dr. Jac has basically told us that since Troy has developed two clots since being diagnosed with cancer, the cancer and chemotherapy treatment are the most likely causes of the blood clots. He has ordered a PET Scan for tomorrow and even though he expects everything to be fine since Troy just had a CT Scan a month ago, we (at least this part of "we") are really nervous. I know that there are many of these scans and tests in our future, but it is pretty nerve wracking because if there are any cancer cells in his body this should show them. We are praying for (and expect) a clean scan tomorrow.

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. ~Glenn Turner

2 comments:

Tammy said...

We love y'all! This too shall pass. Then we can all get on the water together, either here or there! Always in our prayers, Tammy

Anonymous said...

Praying all goes much better than you ever imagined it could.
Love ya bunches, Esther