LAR surgery was a success

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Pita
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LAR surgery was a success

Postby Pita » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:04 pm

Surgery was a HUGE success!!! Got my 2 gowns on.

Four hour surgery and my surgeon said that the surgery could not have gone better. He was able to easily remove the tumor and the surrounding lymph nodes. He didn't need to use the robot and the biggest news is that I don't need a colostomy bag!!!!! I'll have some healing and bowel issues for a while but much better than a colostomy bag and I am beyond thrilled with this news! All that stressing for nothing. I'll spend about two nights in the hospital as long as I have a bowel movement. I am bubbling with joy, you just can't imagine. Waiting for my breakfast, doc said chew good, I am starving.
Pain yesterday after surgery was a 10 had a nerve block but it took a long time to administer and kick in. Today pain about 5-6 having tordal (anti-inflammatory) and neurontin (pain & anticonvulsant), waiting for it to kick in. Have to walk a lot today, only got up and sat in a chair last night. Occupational and a physical therapists were here. Took a walk and occupational discharged me since I'm self sufficient, physical will be back tomorrow. Am walking now.
Also have a breathing machine to use 12 times today due to emphasyma. Had breathing things in my nose but they are out now. Oxygen level can't go below 90. Yesterday my husband and daughter were cracking up because when it went below 90 I had to put the breathing things in and take deep breaths but i was having trouble finding my nose cause I was higher then a kite :x
Five small incisions with minimal pain. Big incision where they took the tumor out is really painful as well as inside my abdomen. Nurse is here to inject heparin to help prevent blood clots. Also taking Tordal (anti-inflammatory), Neurontin for pain, Protonix for my gerd, Entereg to restore bowel movement, Heparin injection to prevent blood clots. Doc will not let me take cintidine/Testament.

Hope others read this that are going to have surgery, proves that it can be easy and miracles do happen!
I am at UCI Medical Center hospital/Chao Cancer Center, they are wonderful, kind, caring and make sure all of your needs are met. I highly recommend.
.Thanks for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. oxo
70yo Fem DX: 1/21/2016 RC Stage IV-Nodules lungs
MSS-Kras Wild-Lynch Synd Neg-Lung Biopsy 1/27/16-Port 2/19/16
MRI 7/7/16 Endometrial polyp found, watching LAR 7/19/16, No Ileostomy, Stage ypT3 N1
CT 11/7/16: Most mets stable,1 shrunk,1 new??
CEA Tests: 1/21/16=20, 12/22/16=5.3, 1/20/17=4.8, 2/15/17=6.2
9/20/16-1/24/17 Folfuri & Avastin
#10/10 Done
PET/CT 2/10/16-1/31/17=Some shrunk & growth to 2, Avastin failing ??? :evil:
2/21/17 Folfuri & Avastin

tarheelmom
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby tarheelmom » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:18 pm

So happy to hear! Your favorite quote came true in real life. Keep walking and congrats on the great outcome!
52 y at dx, mom to 4
DX: RC on 2/22/2016
Stage I, T2N0M0, 0/32 LN
23 mm x 7 mm moderately differentiated invasive adenocarcinoma
3 cm from anal verge
4/12/16: ULAR, TME, & temp ileostomy
6/14/16: ileo reversal

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HopeForJesse
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby HopeForJesse » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:35 pm

Congrats - so glad for you. Happy Healing now! :D
DH DX 01/16 49 YO inop RC stage IV liver mets
MSS TP53 APC,BRCA2
12/15 CEA 241, FOLFOX to 11/16
LAR/ileo 5/16 Clear margins 1/29 nodes
HAI, reversal, liver resections7/16
FUDR 8/16 -NED 3 mos
Rising CEA 3/17 Xeloda, 5/17 -12/17 Erbitux & Iri stable but lung/lymph mets CEA 2.7
5/18 5 days SBRT radiation to sternum 10/22/18 surgery to remove zyphoid process met
6/11/19 5FU added to cetuximab and irinotecan CEA 16
Ephesians 3:20 Our God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine!

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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby AbbyDoo » Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:25 pm

woo whoo,
What great new, congratulations.
No stinking bag. That so great I'm so happy you don't have to experience that nightmare'.
Try to rest and take it slow the next couple weeks you just put you body threw a lot .
I'm so happy for you.
53 yrs old
4/30/15 colonoscopy Mass found
5/21/15 staged 3 C rectal cancer
7/3/15 finished xeloda and radiation 28 rounds
9/30/15 LAR
10/29/15 picc line installed
11/2/15 start chemo 5 fu Oxaliplatin
3/7/16 Finish Chemo
4/29/16 Ileostomy Reversal.
7/13/16 colonoscopy clear.
CRC survivors know there Sh%t

mike1965
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby mike1965 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:44 pm

Pita,

That is great news on a successful surgery and no bag. I am glad you found a great surgeon and hospital. I pray the rest of your treatment goes well.
Colonoscopy 09/06/15 Doctor removed polyp
DX - Rectal cancer 09/10/2015 T1M0N0
Surgeon recommended wait and see approach 09/2015
Tumor board recommended LARs Surgery 10/2015
Oncologist and PCP recommended LARs Surgery 11/2015
Seeking 2nd opinion from another Surgeon 01/2016
Having Sigmoidscopy on 02/01/16.
Figured out treatment 02/2016
LARS Surgery 03/2016
Stage 3A T1 N1C M0
Chemo Folfox to begin 04/18/16

Lee
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby Lee » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:29 pm

AWESOME :D

Now remember to walk, walk, walk, those halls. Really does help with healing.

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

Steph20021
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby Steph20021 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:29 pm

Lucky duck! Good for you! Celebrate now :D
DX 1/31/14 @ 33- SPS-T4a(invades visceral peri), N2a(6/106 LN), M1a(ovary) (Stage 4a) MSS; BRAF V600E
2/1/14-subtotal col, lost R ovary, temp ileo
3/14-9/14- folfox; sepsis
11/14-CT/PET: L ovary met, pelvic met, (?)ghost liver met(?)
12/14-folfiri -13 rds kept me stable from 3/15-6/15
8/15-HIPEC, NED
09/15- cea 0.9
05/16- recurrence in abdo wall and lymph nodes
01/17- pulmonary embolism
02/17- 1 wk radiation to abdo wall
08/16- on folfiri
01/18-folfox
11/18- Beacon trial-encorafenib & cetuximab

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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:45 pm

Wonderful news so happy for you!*hugs* :D Glad you are walking!
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby fumaros » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:15 pm

Congratulations. That is amazing. I'll pray for swift healing. And yes wear a path in the floor of those halls walking.
Diagnosed 4/8/16, age 29
Colectomy 4/20/16
Stage III, T4bN1 Tumor 7x6.5x2. Muscinous Adenocarcinoma with SRC features
2/16 lymph nodes
Stage IV, Peri mets 5/2019
CEA 4/14/16 - 16.8
CEA 6/2/16 - 1.9
CEA 6/17/16 - 0.87, 7/16 - 1.33, 12/16 - 1.14, 4/17 - 0.6, 7/17 - 0.5, 10/17 - 0.9, 3/19 -5.8, 4/19 -10
FOLFOX began 6/24/16 - 11/25/16, FOLFIRI - 5/10/19
10 round FOLFOX, 2 round 5-FU & Leucovorin, 1 round FOLFIRI
MRI & CT 8/16 - NED, CT 12/16 - 10/17 - NED

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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby mypinkheaven » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:13 pm

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad to hear it went well!!!!! :wink:
MSS, KRAS Wild NRAS Mutated
9/2012 CRC IIB Lft Colectomy 0 lymph nodes 0 Chemo
10/2013 CT clear
11/15 CEA 2.7 to 4.6
11/15 Spread to uterus. Hysterectomy
2/16 Pelvic radiation 25, brachytherapy 3
4/16 - 6/16 Xeloda
6/16 CT Several lung nodules 5 mm
8/16 CT Nodules still present. Most stable. Some growth
11/16 Transfer to UCSD Moores
12/16 Folfox + Avastin failed
2/17 Folfiri + Erbitux
8/17 5FU+Erbitux No 5FU bolus
7/18 Spread to vagina
6/18 Folfiri + Avastin + Trametinib
6/18 CEA dropping

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BeansMama
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby BeansMama » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:34 pm

That is great!! So glad it went well and no colostomy!

Like others have said walk as much as you feel up to, but don't over do it!

Hope you have a speedy recovery!
41 yrs old
Tumor found 9/2015
Surgery 1 - 11/2015 LAR and colostomy
Surgery 2 - 11/2015 wound vac
Surgery 3 - 12/2015 revise resection, move colostomy
Mets to liver - tumor inoperable - one add'l met destroyed
Stage IVa (T3 N2a M1a)
Primary tumor 9 cm x 7.5 cm x 2 cm
Beginning Folfox 1/2016 - Failed
Beginning Folfiri and vectibix 8/2016 — Failed
Beginning Folfirinox + Avastin 11/2016 - Failed
Beginning Keytruda 1/2017
CEA drop from 345 to 7.3 after starting immunotherapy
Lynch positive 3/2016

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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby Nik Colon » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:57 pm

Great news! Hugs :)

AussieAssCancer
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby AussieAssCancer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:45 am

Wonderful news Pita! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!
Dx Oct '15 w/ Stage 3c RC/ CEA 8
Nov '15 - Jan '16: 3x FOLFOX and 5wks Chemoradiation w/ Xeloda
March '16: ULAR w/ temp ileostomy
Complete pathological response incl 0/12 nodes
May - Aug '16: 9x FOLFOX (dropped Oxaliplatin for final Rd due to neuropathy)
Clear CT scans in April ‘16 (NED), Dec ‘16, Aug ‘17, Feb ‘18, March ‘19, Feb ‘20
Feb '17: Ileostomy reversed
CEA Post Surgery: ALWAYS 2

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LaciK
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby LaciK » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:39 am

Pita,

I am so happy to hear that everything went so smoothly and I wish you a speedy recovery! Yay - no ostomy!

Laci
DX 9/23/15 rc (age 50)
CT & EUS revealed T3N1 Stage 3b
Chemo/Radiation Oct/Nov 2015
LAR 1/15/16 w/temp ilieostomy
Xelox 3/17/16 - 2 rounds then paused for ilieostomy reversal 4/22/16
& to Clear up C. Diff infection
Restart Xelox 5/19/16 - Final infusion 7/21/16
Finish Xelox (oral Xeloda) 8/3/16
8/17/16 CMP & CBC normal; CEA Zero!
9/26/16 Colonoscopy clear
10/5/16 CT clear

Pita
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Re: LAR surgery was a success

Postby Pita » Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:45 pm

Thanks so much for your wishes, touches my heart! oxo
walk...walk...walk...
70yo Fem DX: 1/21/2016 RC Stage IV-Nodules lungs
MSS-Kras Wild-Lynch Synd Neg-Lung Biopsy 1/27/16-Port 2/19/16
MRI 7/7/16 Endometrial polyp found, watching LAR 7/19/16, No Ileostomy, Stage ypT3 N1
CT 11/7/16: Most mets stable,1 shrunk,1 new??
CEA Tests: 1/21/16=20, 12/22/16=5.3, 1/20/17=4.8, 2/15/17=6.2
9/20/16-1/24/17 Folfuri & Avastin
#10/10 Done
PET/CT 2/10/16-1/31/17=Some shrunk & growth to 2, Avastin failing ??? :evil:
2/21/17 Folfuri & Avastin


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