Beckon (aka Colonel Underpants) had a needle biopsy done on a thickened area on his left thigh. The preliminary results are worrisome: "The specimens are composed primarily of scattered, necrotic cellular and proteinaceous debris and free lipid-like or sebaceous type material admixed with an inflammatory fraction and exceptionally infrequent, individualized pleomorphic nucleated cells. The very limited density of intact pleomorphic cells, relative paucity of cytologic criteria of malignancy and concomitant inflammation make definitive cytologic diagnosis of a neoplasm problematic. The specimen does not rule out a malignant neoplasm. Potential differential diagnoses include hyperplasia/dysplasia secondary to primary inflammatory process or trauma, or poorly exfoliative neoplasm (benign or malignant)." In other words, there are some cells that look like soft tissue sarcoma, but since there don't seem to be too many, it's hard to say that it's definitely cancer. So on Friday, Colonel Underpants will have a biopsy done to see if it's cancer and if so, at what stage it is. If it's cancer, treatment options run from surgical excision of the malignancy to amputation of the leg. Whatever the result, we are prepared to take action. The Colonel would appreciate your prayers and healing thoughts.