Sandi, my prayers are with you and Mike for a good result. If it's positive for cancer, find out what his options are.
If it IS cancer, at 5.5 cm (or slightly larger), he might still qualify for radiofrequency ablation or surgery. If not, ask about TheraSphere.
Hugs and prayers,
Cindi, I was at Mayo when I had chemoembolization and then TheraSphere several months later. It takes time for the tumor to shrink (mine was 12 cm x 11.5 cm), so it was several more months before I had surgery to remove the right lobe. TheraSphere was a study drug at the time, at least here at Mayo Jax, but Mayo Rochester had been using it previously. I had absolutely no side effects from it--felt wiped out after the chemoembolization.
Their deaths were probably due to other causes. TheraSphere is a microscopic radioactive substance that is injected directly into the tumor via a catheter. You can Google it and get some information about it online.
They may not have had a clear diagnosis or were uncertain of it. It's good that rather than guessing they are getting a 2nd opinion. Sorry you have to wait some more, but you should get a positive answer then.