August 31, 2010 at 4:08 am #40818dmeekParticipant
sallypa, that’s great news about your sister coming home today. I had my liver resection over 6 years ago, and yes it is/was a large incision…about 11-12 inches. Mine did eventually heal. But even today there is still a small visible scar. But I look at it as my “victory wound” over my cancer!
Please keep us posted, and as your sister starts her chemo…one day at a time! God bless.
DaleAugust 30, 2010 at 2:53 am #40817
thank you all for your well wishes. it means a lot to our family. this site has been a tremendous comfort and benefit to us. my sister came home from the hospital today. she is feeling ok but isnt eating yet. every time she eats she gets nauseous. her hemoglobin level is still low so they gave her an iron iv before she left the hospital. they did a x ray on her stomach and everything looked ok despite the fact that she hasnt been able to pass anything yet. dr said there is no reason to stay in the hospital so she was discharged. next appt is september 8 to remove stitches. she has a very large incision. i couldnt believe how big it was. we also have to make an appt with oncologist to start chemo. we are praying that the chemo wont have to last long but we have no idea what the timeframe is going to be. we just take it one day at a time.August 26, 2010 at 6:46 am #40816dmeekParticipant
sallypa, congratulations on your sister’s successful resection! Everytime we hear of a successful operation, that’s great news, and a time for thanks too. My best to your sister for her recovery and continuing journey.
…. DaleAugust 24, 2010 at 5:39 am #40815
sallypa….Congratulations on the successful resection. Each day should become a bit easier for your sister. Oh, I also wanted to remind you on having a pillow handy for her; pressing it against the abdomen while coughing eases the discomfort significantly. Good luck on the recovery and please, keep us posted.
MarionAugust 24, 2010 at 3:34 am #40814lainyParticipant
Yeah! thank you for the good news to go to sleep with. That is just fantastic. It doesn’t get much better than that!August 24, 2010 at 1:38 am #40813
thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. my sister had successful surgery today. the dr said he was able to remove the entire tumor and didnt see any visible signs of spreading. he believes chemo and radiation will still be necessary but we will cross that bridge after she recovers. for now we are happy that the tumor is gone, she made it through the surgery and we have hope. thanks again to everyone here and to God for his help. today was a good day. we will definitely take it in this long battle.August 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm #40812lainyParticipant
Sallypa, hoping for a successful surgery for your Sister. Sendin you the best wishes and we have everything crossed that we own! Our prayers are with your family today.August 23, 2010 at 6:47 am #40811
sallypa….good luck and best wishes for tomorrow’s surgery. My heart is with you.
MarionAugust 23, 2010 at 4:02 am #40810
hi linda,can i ask you how you handled the surgery and the recovery. also what type of chemotherapy did they give you. when i first began investigating this disease i saw that resection was the only chance at a cure but it seems like even if they remove the tumor and the surgery is successful you still have to deal with the cancer. i am so glad to see that your surgery was over a year ago because when my sister was first diagnosed it was thought there was no chance for surgery and she would only have a few months. i will keep you in my prayers that your ct scan gives you good news and they find an effective treatment for you. please let me know. take care.August 23, 2010 at 3:54 am #40809
my sister is having resection surgery tomorrow morning. there is only one spot on her lung and both drs say they arent sure if the spot is cancer or not because it is so small and they have no previous ct scan showing it is a new mass. the dr is going to watch it and see what happens. they have said chemo will probably be recommended after surgery. it is sad because we thought she would only have to deal with the recovery from surgery. she originally believed that surgery would save her from chemo but it looks like that wont happen. i still cant believe that with all the medical advances we have and the money that goes to cancer research that the best thing they can come up with is to poison your whole body to deal with cancer. i know i shouldnt feel that way since chemo does help some people but i just wish they could find something with out all of the side effects. surgery comes first. we just have to take it one day at a time and pray everything goes well and a cure is found for this horrible horrible disease.August 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm #40808linda-zParticipant
I had resection surgery 04/09 with no metastasis then. Since then it was determined that the cancer did not respond to the chemo I had following surgery, and the cancer metastasized to my lungs. I have a 1cm tumor in each lung and many “stars” in both. I was told that the liver is connected to the lungs (and vice-versa) and that if it does metastasize, it usually goes to the lungs from the liver. Not always, but most times.
I am currently on a clinical trial of chemotherapy (Irinotecan) and just had CT tests yesterday to see what it might be doing to the tumors. I asked for new surgery after finding out it had metastasized, and the doctors said they could do it, but then another tumor might come up, then another, and so on. They couldn’t just keep doing surgery over and over. Their suggestion was to find something systemic for treatment, that would treat the cancer all over and hopefully cause a necrosis or shrinkage of the tumors first, stopping all progression of any new tumors. I should find out early next week if the new chemo. is working and will report results then.
What have the doctors suggested so far….any chemo or radiation?
Best of luck to you and your sister.
LindaAugust 18, 2010 at 5:13 am #40807
sallypa….Several of our members have metastases to the lung. By entering “lung metastases” in the google search function, top, right hand side of page you will be able to peruse the various threads discussing this not so uncommon occurrence with this disease. I am hoping for others to come forward and share with you their experiences with lung tumors. Also, the plate of the scans itself measure 1 cm in thickness therefore, anything of lesser size is not detectable. That is why the true extent of the disease only can be determined during surgery. Sally, this disease likes to throw curveballs and is very unpredictable. Often times we have to make decisions based on the knowledge given and then we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Your sister’s decision will be the right decision for her.
I am sending all my best wishes your way,
MarionAugust 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm #3903
my sister was diagnosed last month with cc. after being told resection could not be done. we found two drs who said they could operate. after she decided to have the surgery she was sent for a chest ct scan. the results of this was a very small tumor was found in her lung. at this time it is even too small for a biopsy. the dr said he still wants to do the surgery now and deal with the lung later. my question is has anyone ever experienced cc spreading to their lungs and what was the treatment and result. i am just wondering if she should go through with the surgery if her cancer is spreading.
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