pete305 wrote:Original cancer surgery was 2 years ago and just in September a liver met was found after routine CEA and followup PET. Met with the liver surgeon on October 10 after the MRI confirmed the size and location of the single lesion. Options of resection vs ablation were discussed and surgeon recommended ablation due to it being a single lesion with a 3.9 x 3.8 size. Surgeon said the ablation procedure would be done "next week or week after. as soon as it can be scheduled" sent him to get the EKG to get it out of the way and speed things up. Well, the surgery finally got scheduled: NOVEMBER 16th. Is it usual for surgery to be almost 6 weeks after all testing has been done and over 2 months after initial met discovery? It there anything we should do? Very uncomfortable waiting this long - especially considering the size of the lesion.
NHMike wrote:pete305 wrote:
CRC cancer is supposedly slow to grow and move but I was pretty nervous waiting several weeks before treatment started (chemo and radiation) so I have a bit of an idea as to how you feel. If it were me, I'd want the thing out ASAP.
Lee wrote:Who actually called you to set surgery up, a staffer? I would suggest calling the surgeon's office, explain what the surgeon said on last visit. 2 months, I agree seems a bit long.
Thanks, Lee. we called the surgeon's office tues, thurs, and fri last week and was told each time they would call us when it was scheduled. they didn't call on monday so we called tuesday and that's when the surgeon's office assistant told us the november 16 date. they never called us. when we called the oncologist to give him the date, his assistant's reaction was "yikes". she said she would email the oncologist because he might want to find out what the hold up is.........
mpbser wrote:Everyone has given good advice to which I can't add much except our experience. My husband's liver met increased in size rather rapidly in a period of six weeks or so between his MRI in June and his attempted liver surgery in August. In fact, it ended up being larger than could be removed laparoscopically so the procedure was aborted. The mass when detected in June was about 1.5 cm at it's widest and now is 2.5 cm wide (10/3 MRI). He's now doing chemo in the hope that the tumor will shrink and allow for a lap-resection in December or early January after 4 rounds of chemo, otherwise the surgeon will do open surgery.
Also, from what I have read and what our surgeon has told us, masses need to be smaller than 1 cm, preferably .5 cm, to be good candidates for ablation. Otherwise, physical removal by surgery is recommended.
Lee wrote:pete305 wrote:
Good sounds like the Onc might "push" to bump up the date, stay on top of this. It's okay to create a stink sometimes. This is your life we are talking about here. If the surgeon said within 2 weeks, don't stop until you get answers you are satisfied with.
pete305 wrote:UPDATE: went in to the oncologist today (10/19) and while he was not there his office informed us that the oncologist agreed to surgery first, chemo second when he communicated with the surgeon (on 10/11) believing that surgery was going to happen THE NEXT DAY. while we were told the oncologist has tried to contact the surgeon, we did not know if he succeeded or not. we were advised to contact the surgeon's office again. we did. we were told again that the surgeon was in surgery and the delay was due to operating room scheduling. this is totally unacceptable. we have dealt with cancer treatment at loma linda in california, at vanderbilt in tennessee, at small hospitals in between, and have never been pushed off the way we are here.
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