I guess you could call the past three days progress. On Wednesday, I had a CT scan and a chest X-Ray. Pretty standard stuff. Yesterday, I had my second post-treatment appointment with the oncologist. He told me that the CT did not show any change in size of the mass in my abdomen. “This is a good thing”, he says. This means that the chemo has done its work and the former cancer cells that comprised the mass are now scar tissue. We will be almost assured of this in Feburary when I hopefully have a repeat of the PET/CT scan. The PET scan shows different types of cells, unlike the CT, so the doctor should be able to look at the results and be sure of whether or not the mass is scar tissue.

I wish the mass was completely gone, but the doctor says that it can take 5 years for the body to absorb the scar tissue. The important thing is that neither the oncologist here or (more importantly) Dr. Einhorn are recommending surgery.

I want to thank everyone who has prayed for us during this time. Knowing that you are praying and believing on our behalf is an incredible reminder of the community we are called to participate in.

God is faithful to give us exactly what we need. To Him be all the glory.



5 responses to “Progress

  1. Like what do answered prayers look? They look like this report. We have been waiting on the details. Praise the Lord! We rejoice with you.

    Michael Howell

  2. That sure is good news….answered prayers.


  3. Hi Lauren and Clay, I’ve been keeping up with you and your progress through Linda and Glenn and have prayed for you two—for Lauren’s health and the stress of the job out of town, your relationship through this period of testing, and of course for a total remission of cancer for Clay. God is good! These test results come as a direct answer to the last part of that prayer, and for that we praise our Father! Please know that though we seem silent and far away, we think of you often and have NOT forgotten you!!! Love, Beverly & Ed Patterson

  4. We are so thankful for the good news!!!! Still praying!

  5. Dear Clay – I’m so glad to hear this! It will give me another very good reason to be thankful. I miss you and wish we didn’t live so far away but know that I’m praying hard for you and look forward to the day when all of this is behind you.

    How’s the hair coming along?


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