Jonas Kaufmann has canceled a tour to Japan with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in September in order to schedule surgery to remove a “node” from his chest. [Intermezzo]
i would have thought radiation treatments would have been just as effective.
They don’t know yet if it is cancer. Hopefully it will be benign and no further treatment necessary!
I think Nero Wolfe is attempting black humour here.
Best wishes, Jonas. I hope everything turns out for the best.
My thoughts are with him. What a sweet letter given how concerned he must be about his own situation.
O Dio! I’m praying for a good result for Jonas!
I think we have to be careful jumping to conclusions here. Even in Intermezzo’s good-natured piece, Kaufmann’s ‘pretty sure it’s benign’ becomes upended into ‘he hints it might be cancerous’.
Yes. If a growth looks suspicious, a doctor doesn’t say, “let’s schedule a biopsy sometime in the next few weeks.”
It seems to be under two weeks, from what he said, but we can’t know for sure, of course. Many tumors aren’t removed immediately -- for example, a relative of mine waited a few weeks to remove a thyroid growth. It ended up cancerous, but she’s fine now.
Still, yes, jumping to conclusions is dangerous. He seemed very upbeat and optimistic. I see no reason to look at it differently than that.
I can see plenty of reason to look at this health situation as ominous.
I wish him the best.
Is J. K. a smoker?
That would be the big red signal, helas!
This is precisely the kind of gleeful scaremongering I was talking about. One minute we’re talking about something that is ‘pretty sure’ to be benign, the next prurient pot-stirrers are dropping excited hints about lung cancer.
It doesn’t say that he’s getting a biopsy, but that he’s having the tumor removed. To me that means either that it is either located inside where a tissue sample cannot be obtained easily or where it is causing damage to some other organ whether it is benign or not.
Hopefully, it will all resolve quickly. It would be tragic to see his career derailed in any way. He’s got the real goods.
There is no need to always do a biopsy before a tumor is removed. Frozen sections can help to make the diagnosis, and additional surgery can be performed while the patient is on the table. There is no indication where the tumor is located and “in the chest” means many places, but most probably in the lungs. Removing the lesion in its entirety without a biopsy will make the diagnosis and in many instances will cure the patient. Good luck Jonas and we’ll all pray for a quick recovery.
Doesn’t thoracic mean anywhere between the head and abdomen? So it could be his vocal cords too.
Lou, your diagram doesn’t name the funny little bit between the thorax and the abdomen in the guy on the right.
Oh look, it’s a node!
Louann the entomologist.
No, Ms. Manou, but I have a dear friend who is one, and I consult her regularly (though not on ants, per se) about strange creatures which appear in my back yard, like, this one:
Entymology lesson #2:
That one must be Paul McCartney as he still has a dark top.
Jan Fabre’s entomology lesson (The Beetle Maiden):
Hmm…One more try!
OT: We just had an earthquake in Washington, DC!! The first real one I’ve ever experienced.
My husband just called fifteen minutes ago from NYC to repot to me he thought he had been through an earthquake as well. He didn’t quite believe his response so called me up. As I have been through dozens and know the feeling only too well. Anyone else out there?
La Cieca reports on recent events in the city.
LA Cieca. Unfortunately I cannot see your response as I am a’blackberryin’
He called back with the news announced: 5.9 Richter scale and epicenter Washington DC. Three miles deep and felt up throughout the East Coast. White House evacuated, etc.
Camille--Yes, I’m one of the DC parterriani, and my office building shook quite a bit. Now of course, the usual DC reaction--total gridlock downtown.
Yo Pavel and Sheldon…I took an earthquake to find out we are all in DC. Let’s coordinate a DC chapter sometime soon. Who’s going to see Trish in Tosca? I have tix for opening on the 10t.
Shaken not Stirred
Whoops..better show some concern for Jo boy too in this thread. Hope all goes well for a speedy recovery. I’d like to hear him sing the piss out of Chenier one day.
I too just lost my earthquake virginity. I am trying to pack up my place for a move. It was a much appreciated distraction. Excitement a-plenty!
Hmmmm…. I’ll be in Stockholm for that Sep. 2 concert, perhaps I should grab a ticket after all….
A no-brainer, I would think.
quel horror…………my povero jonas! so hoping that everything will turn out well and that all the current fears will dissipate very very soon.
JK is just a phenomenal performer……….few singers in my experience have generated a comparable level of excellence and excitement.
Let’s hope for it’s not malignant and there is a rapid and complete recovery. I know someone who sang unimpaired for many years after almost half of one lung was removed for a non-malignant tumor. The human body can be amazingly resilient.
I guess the BSO Japan tour is off too, not surprisingly. Will be praying for swift and complete recovery, that we may be blessed with that lovely voice for many years to come.
Did anyone else think that was a really good letter? I don’t know who wrote it, but I’m saving a copy for inspiration should I ever need to write a letter to someone I’ve disappointed. The English was well done; actually, the English version of JK’s official website is outstanding compared to some other English versions of German websites I’ve read.
For comparison, you can read the English translation of what is on the BSO Japan tour website here:
Aren’t “nodes” generally a type of growth and isn’t that word used mostly in reference to the vocal folds, or cords, whichever? The idea of “nodes” in the “thoracic” area has me a bit flummoxed, unless they are avoiding letting the public know he actually has vocal nodes or, far worse, lung cancer, and are skirting the issue in this manner with this rather generalized information.
In whatever case, I am hoping that Herr Kaufmann will have the best of doctors and be surrounded by those who love and care for him, and be given sufficient recovery time so as to heal properly and not rushed back into a heavy rehearsal and performing schedule. This is very alarming.
Perhaps he is having a “lymph” node removed and examined? Don’t really know anything about lymph nodes in the thoracic region except that there are quite a few of them.
Okay, Lou! that at least explains something to me. Let’s hope that it is no more than that and not a node on the vocal apparatus.
Love the pictures!
The word node can indeed refer to vocal cord nodules but they are not in the thoracic area. Node can refer to a mass in the chest or mediastinum. It sounds as if they are referring to a mass they have seen on a chest x-ray or ct scan. The seeming immediacy implies there is some suspicion of malignancy. Many things can cause nodes in the chest--infection (maybe even a long past infection), tumors (malignant or non-malignant). Heck, sometimes one is there for no reason. They are short on details and I think that is proper especially at this early stage. I just hope and pray the procedure goes well and that it is not too invasive and that the pathology is nothing bad. (I tell my patients not to panic--I will tell them when it is time to panic.)
The doctor is IN!
Not to mention the precious skill required of the person who will intubate him. Or can such anesthesia be induced without going into the throat?
Just a third nipple, guys. Don’t worry!
This stream reminded me of a time I was in La Casa di Cieca chatting. I commented that I had to go to bed as I had surgery in the morning. I received an enormous wave of concern and caring which made me feel sooooo good. I hated to mention that I was the one DOING the surgery in the morning. I though La Cieca would enjoy knowing what magnificent caring people frequented her chatrooms.
NO, the Munich Opera is still en route to or alredy in Japan, but today they announced the substitution of Botha for Kaufmann:
In den Vorstellungen von Richard Wagners Lohengrin am 25. und 29. September sowie am 2. Oktober 2011 wird Johan Botha die Titelpartie anstelle von Jonas Kaufmann im Rahmen der Japan-Tournee der Bayerischen Staatsoper singen. Jonas Kaufmann muss sich einer unaufschiebbaren Operation unterziehen und bedauert zutiefst, die Japan-Reise absagen zu müssen. Kaufmann in einem Brief an seine Japanischen Fans: „Ich hatte mich sehr darauf gefreut, wieder nach Japan zu kommen, und ich versichere Euch, dass diese Entscheidung nichts mit der schwierigen Situation zu tun hat, in der Ihr Euch seit Monaten befindet. Tatsache ist, dass ich mich einer Operation unterziehen muss: Ein Knoten im Brustbereich muss entfernt werden. Ich möchte niemanden mit dieser Nachricht beunruhigen, nur haben meine Ärzte mir geraten, den Eingriff so bald wie möglich machen zu lassen…“
Sorry QPF, I meant JK’s participation in the BSO Japan tour is off. Thanks for the clarification.
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