At the moment here's where things stand:
There are three things the doctors will be looking at: 1) the pathology report from the work done on my tumor that was removed last week, 2) the PET scan report, and 3) the results of the bone marrow biopsy. The pathology report will determine what particular type of lymphoma I have. The PET scan will determine if and where the cancer has spread in my body, and the bone marrow biopsy will determine if the cancer has spread to my bone marrow. The latter two tests will be the most important for staging the disease.
Once all the tests are completed and the reports are produced, everything is presented to a "tumor board." There, doctors from various related fields and specialties (lymphoma, leukemia, other blood cancers) discuss the results of all the tests and recommend a course of treatment. Once the recommendation is made and all tests are completed, treatment can begin.
|Artist's rendering of the Tumor Board|