lakeswim wrote:...My big question right now is TOMORROW. They scheduled me for a scope (think it's a sigmoidoscopy) early tomorrow under general anesthesia during which they will tattoo my tumor....If anyone can tell me the purpose of the tattoo and if the tattoo (and the scope) is normal protocol at this stage, I would appreciate it. (Does the tattoo tell me anything about what lies ahead?)
"Conclusions: All colonic lesions that appear to be malignant should be tattooed during endoscopy to improve surgical localization. Tattoo endoscopy is a safe and effective method for preoperative tumor localization..."
Preoperative Localization of Colorectal Tumors with Endoscopic Tattooing for Laparoscopic Surgery
lakeswim wrote:If anyone can tell me the purpose of the tattoo and if the tattoo (and the scope) is normal protocol at this stage, I would appreciate it. (Does the tattoo tell me anything about what lies ahead?)
I look forward (I guess...) to getting more info after this week's tests so I can round out my signature here and ask more pointed questions here. You all are so amazing. Thank you so much for all your support!
lakeswim wrote:All of these appts were scheduled so quickly on Th/Fr that I was unable to ask WHY they are tattooing the tumor?
lakeswim wrote:I had a chest/abdomen/pelvic CT (with and w/o contrast) on Friday and have a pelvic MRI scheduled for this Wednesday. My surgeon is planning to present the info to her tumor board on Friday. I also meet with oncologist on Thursday. (Is this all normal process?)
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