After what seemed like an eternity, the wait is over, at least for now. The much-anticipated test results are back for my dad and the verdict is in. The diagnosis is bladder cancer, more specifically neuroendocrine carcinoma. The oncologist told my dad that one scrap had been done in previous hospital but he wanted to go back in to perform another scrap and check status of tumor. My dad underwent testing for his heart, lungs and overall health to ensure he was physically strong enough for another surgery, aka scrap. The scrap is actually called a TURBT (transurethral resection of bladder tumor) this means that the surgery is done using an instrument put in through the urethra, therefore, no cutting into the abdomen (belly) would be necessary. General anesthesia was used to put him to sleep and a resectoscope is put into the bladder through the urethra. The resectoscope has a wire loop at the end that’s used to remove any abnormal tissues or tumors. The removed tumor was sent to the lab for additional testing. After surgery, he had some pain in urinating but was able to urinate therefore was able to go home same day. The oncologist did mention that the tumor had not grown from first scrap (surgery) which was excellent news. In addition, he indicated that in order to stay on course for the best medical outcome, he wants my dad to start his first chemo treatment no later than three or four weeks from now. Due to my dad being in the upper 60s, they will be closely monitoring his heart and organs along the way before and after each chemo session. Right now, they are looking at about 3 to 4 chemo sessions once every 2 weeks or the other option is 3 chemo sessions once every 2 weeks and 1 radiation session. After the completion of this treatment, they plan to check if another surgery is needed to do another scrap or if they will have to remove his bladder. Right now, there are too many unknowns which was my experience as well. My dad is a little inpatient and always needs to plan out everything ahead of time. He is actually already planning out how everything is going to go based on the specific details of the treatment plan without taking into account the possible variables discussed by the oncologists. I told my dad that I know he likes to plan out everything, but cancer is not something that is planned and many variables may occur. In other words, I told him while it is good to plan for the treatment’s dates, he has to be ready for any possible unexpected changes in the treatment and timing. Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and the future is uncertain. We just need to keep the faith and trust in God as well as hope and pray that God may guide us to the best possible outcome.