Needle biopsy will not be happening. Instead, surgery is on the agenda for me. Next week.
A thoracic surgeon is going to remove the recalcitrant tumor for the purpose of developing a new TIL treatment. I don't have any details yet. I'm saving my questions for when I'm back at NIH, and out of ear-shot of certain little people.
What I do know is that I've got some pre-surgical tests in store: EKG, echocardiogram, PET scan, and a lung function test. I think, aside from cancer, that I am healthy otherwise, so these should not be a roadblock to surgery.
I'm very curious to know what the lab will find when they study this tumor! Mostly though, I will be glad to know that it's no longer trying to kill me.