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    gregf
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    Hi Sally

    I’m sorry to hear your sister still has to battle this cancer. I appreciate you sharing the info as it does bring some hope. My best to your sister.

    Take Care
    Greg

    #90011
    gregf
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    Thanks Jason that makes sense. My tumor was not in my liver but in my Bile Duct. Hopefully that is the extent of it. It still confuses me why I was told before my surgery on the bile duct and liver that “if a pre surgery CT scan shows it has spread to my lungs the surgery would be canceled as it would not be worthwhile”. I hope all is good with you
    Take Care
    Greg

    JScott wrote:
    Hi Greg,

    I think the difference is whether or not you think of the surgery as “curative.” If you have CC localized in the liver, then surgery could be curative. If it has spread to other organs, then you still might do the surgery on the liver (and perhaps other locations as well), but you would not think of the surgery as curative. If the CC has spread to other organs, then any surgical procedure is unlikely to be able to remove all the CC cells from the body.

    Jason

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    lainy
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    Hello, Sally, I am so sorry to see what your Dear Sister is going through but thankful she could have the surgeries. Thank you for this posting as I think many are under the belief that no surgeries can be done in other areas. Good to know! I pray for the Chemo to work and commend your Sister for her very valiant fight against this Monster. Glad to hear you have both been using your time wisely and with fun. Please keep us posted on your Sister’s progress.

    #90009
    sallypa
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    my sister’s cc has spread to her pelvis, ovary, and lungs. she has had surgeries to remove tumors from pelvis and ovary. she had one surgery on her lung to confirm cc. as more spots have shown up they told us they can no longer do surgery. she now will just get chemo and hope it works. i say this to let you know that doctors can and do operate on other areas if they think it will be helpful to the patients quality of life. in my sisters case, it has been 5 years since she was diagnosed and she has had 4 surgeries and we would say that because of them she has earned some quality time allowing us to do a number of things together. we are very worried about the chemo that she will now be getting but just have to wait and see how it goes.

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    jscott
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    Hi Greg,

    I think the difference is whether or not you think of the surgery as “curative.” If you have CC localized in the liver, then surgery could be curative. If it has spread to other organs, then you still might do the surgery on the liver (and perhaps other locations as well), but you would not think of the surgery as curative. If the CC has spread to other organs, then any surgical procedure is unlikely to be able to remove all the CC cells from the body.

    Jason

    #11759
    gregf
    Member

    Hello All

    Before my Liver Resection I had to have a scan of my lungs and was told if the cancer had metastasized there that surgery would not save me. I didn’t think much of it at the time probably because the scan was clear. Now as I have learned more about cancer and hear more individuals stories I notice some patients with other types of cancer having surgery at the primary site and also other parts of the body where it has spread. I know people that have many recurrences and then a surgery each time to remove it. Just wondering why CC is different.

    Greg

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