Today we took Erin to see Dr. David Cua, a head and neck surgeon at Kaiser, Morse Av., to see about the lump on the right side of the back of Erin’s neck. He read the CAT scan which Erin had last Thursday, and he said that the scan is inconsistent with the lump being a lipoma, a soft benign accumulation of fatty tissue. Her lump is hard and the size of a golf ball.
He did a needle biopsy which he said is the most accurate way, short of surgery, to determine what the lump is. He called a cytologist who set up shop in the office right across the hall. She analyzed each slide to determine the type of cells in the sample.
The first biopsy try, the lump was hard and not coming through. There was no fluid, so it is not a cyst. Then he put an attachment on the handle of the syringe and this time, she determined that it was muscle tissue. The 3rd try had “adequacy”. Meaning that the sample was large enough to send away for further testing. We will probably hear more within the week.
After the doctor’s appointment, Erin needed to go to the bank, to lunch, and to the new CVS. Each of these 4 stops involved Erin’s getting in and out of the car, which she did quite readily. Clark thinks that Erin seems more interested in actively participating in life.