Wow Joani, thanks for the very interesting and enlightening report. I followed every word and have a few questions, if you don't mind, on things I wasn't clear about:
You said that GBH "found" a blood clot (in her lung), but was it definitely there, even though the room air Ox reading didn't compute? Any way to know for sure?
Am also wondering why/how the first drainage tube attempt at MDA was apparently successful but not the second - and why was a second needed so soon anyway?
Also, you mentioned the restrictions on Keytruda at MDA. You saying her oncologist here is not thus restricted from providing it prior to or in lieu of chemo?
I could probably ask more but will shut up now, other than to say the plan to shrink (via Keytruda, then?) and then remove the tumor sounds good, and I hope everything works.
Also hope you can get some good rest upon arrival back home. Is your friend feeling any better now that she's had all this additional professional advice? Certainly the drainage thing seems a huge help, and I guess it just goes to show GBH that they should've done another abdominal scan or read the last one better, yes? Hopefully they'll learn from the MDA reports.
Meanwhile, I hesitate to report that I have a bit of a cancer scare going on myself. Annual mammogram this week was abnormal, showing amorphous calcifications possibly due to scarring from the prior lumpectomy, but bearing checking out via stereotactic biopsy, scheduled week after next. Naturally this little cloud put a bit of a crimp in our Thanksgiving enjoyment, but am trying to think positive, despite the fact that if this is indeed a recurrence in the same breast, my options will be severely limited this time. Worried but not freaking out. Yet. Ha. And yes, of course I'll come back to advise results, hopefully with bells on.
Safe travels home!