So sorry I have been on the floor but the news last week did shock so many. We had lots of messages and love.
The saddest thing was telling the family but now I’m waiting for the dates to start treatment.
I had a phone call from the Royal Marsden, a lovely Doctor asking me if I would give permission to go ahead for a Bi-Op.
Of coarse I said yes we have to make sure that it defo is Mesothelioma. I asked how it would be done. He said Video assisted so that hasn’t answered that fully On googling I find the answer.
Your radiologist indicates the exact spot where the needle should be placed by drawing on your skin with a marker.
You may have an intravenous line inserted into a vein in one of your arms or hands. This is used to deliver sedation medication to make you sleepy.
A technician or nurse helps you get into the correct position. They clean the skin over the biopsy site with an antiseptic. Then they inject you with an anesthetic to numb the area. This may sting.
During the biopsy
Your radiologist will generally use a biopsy needle that is several inches in length. The design of the needle — wider than those used for regular shots and hollow — is what allows them to obtain a tissue sample.
A tiny incision may be made in your skin to allow for easy insertion of the biopsy needle. The biopsy needle is inserted. How much it’s inserted depends on the location of abnormal lung tissue. Your radiologist then takes samples of the abnormal tissue. This may feel like pressure or even sharp pain.
You’ll be asked to remain still and avoid coughing during the biopsy. When your radiologist is ready to remove a tissue sample, you’ll need to hold your breath. Several samples may be required.
After the biopsy
Once the biopsy is done, the needle is removed. Pressure is applied to the insertion site to help control any bleeding. When the bleeding has stopped, the site is bandaged. Sometimes one or more stitches are required if an incision is made. A typical lung needle biopsy is usually completed in less than 60 minutes.
The tissue samples will be sent to a laboratory for testing.
You know what we Patients are so brave. We are pushed pulled, needles dug into us, bloods taken, chemo’s, drugs etc etc
All this and the waiting all the time our poor minds it is really given a tough time.
But I’m off the floor now and back fighting so long as I dont let my mind race away.
We did manage to do a bit of garden tidying yesterday but then today the heavens opened and its been a wet day. I can see the grass growing back already
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