We saw Dr. N on Tuesday, had all the tests yesterday, and now have results. To quote Mark:
"Got the results of tests from Dr. Dirk Noyes this morning: I have Stage IV melanoma, spread from rectum to groin and probably pelvis and spleen. But there's no sign of it in lungs or brain, so I probably have some time to fight back. They think my chances make me worth at least a surgery to remove the primary tumor in my rectum, so they're referring me to a proctologist, Dr. Michelle Murday, to do that. They will then test the removed tumor to see whether a drug called 'Gleevec' will help me or not. That's the best I can tell you right now. I appreciate your messages and best wishes."
Okay, you may all think bad news: it's spread. Well, we were expecting that, given it is in the lymph nodes, so we are saying, "Yay! It's not in the brain or lungs! See, miracles already!"
Mark and Laurel