The CT-guided lung biopsy mentioned in my previous post was completed today at the University of Michigan without complications! It is intended to provide both DNA and RNA sequencing data for my personalized immunotherapy project – so I was bouncing with excitement when I entered the CT-scanning room this morning.
I was surprised on the table to find out I would be wide awake for the entire procedure. That + starting to picture the small chance of needing an emergency chest tube insertion in case of complication curtailed my bounciness – but only by a little! 🙂 It is definitely a “unique” experience to have a needle inserted slowly into your chest wall and then into your lung without even sedation. The doctor did a fine job however and with the help of lidocaine it was surprisingly painless. Just mentally weird! 🙂
When they pulled out the first tumor sample, I started telling them from the table “You’re immediately cryopreserving that for RNA right?!?” I don’t think the doctor had ever been asked that before… 🙂 The ultimate personal therapy micromanagement! haha
In the end, they obtained six tumor samples!
Overall a slightly bizarre experience but I think will be successful. Fresh DNA and RNA sequencing data should be available in 4-6 weeks! Then that data will be put to good use… 🙂
A successful trip to Ann Arbor – Go Blue!