We have just seen Dr Guiseppe Barone on Safari Ward who showed us all Isita’s MRI scans, explained what we know about the lump so far (not much beyond its location and dimensions), and went through the plan for the next week.
They will do another ultrasound, a biopsy, bone marrow test, and will put a line into her chest. The last three will probably happen under the same general anaesthetic. In the middle of next week they will do something called an MIGB test – which uses dye to see if the cancer is elsewhere.
t is too early to speculate, but the doctor said it is not that old and if it is elsewhere that is because this is sometimes how it is with children- not, as with adults – because it has spread.
This all sounds a bit scary, but the doctor was so calm, clear and straight forward that Marta and I both feel reassured. We feel immediately in the most competent hands.
We should expect to be here for two to three weeks- then every other week while the treatment goes on.
There is a plan. Even in this most dreadful situation it is amazing how comforting this is. We are ready to fight and to overcome!