Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Please feel free to read, share your thoughts, your stories and connect with others!
L.andr
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:59 am
Facebook Username: Lynn.Andrews

Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby L.andr » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:23 am

I'm new to the club. Last Wednesday at a routine colonscopy, they found a 3 cm mass that is adenoCA.
I'm a nurse, I work in Palliative care, moving toward retirement. It is so strange to be on the other side, to be the patient now.
I'm scared! I'm doing a lot of nice things for myelf including remembering the joys of a clean system as today is the day for that.
Thanks,
L.andr
Age 65 female
Dx 4/18/18 at colonoscopy
Sigmoid colon tumor 2.8cm.
Lap colectomy 4/26/18.
Stage 2a adenocarcinoma.
CEA 3.3

NHMike
Posts: 1560
Joined: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:43 am

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby NHMike » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:59 am

Cancer is scary stuff but it sounds like you have a medium-sized mass and they're going to take it out and likely do a lot of scans to make sure that there's no spread.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: Stage 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda +radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx 8 cycles 12/17-6/18

margiej
Posts: 33
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:46 am

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby margiej » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:23 am

Sending best wishes for your surgery tomorrow! Joys of a clean system.. ☺️ I was fairly terrified and the surgery and recovery were much better than I was anticipating. Minimal pain. My advice is to get LOTS of rest as you recuperate and really watch your diet for several weeks. Sometimes doctors tell you that you can eat what you want too quickly. Good idea to talk to the dietician.
Healing thoughts and energy to you!
Dx CC 12/2015, age 57 at Dx
Stage IIIb: T3N1b
Adenocarcinoma, sigmoid colon, 2.5 cm - low grade, moderately differentiated
3/6 positive lymph nodes
laparoscopic colectomy 1/20/2016
Capox started 3/4/16 - Six rounds
CT-suspicious lymph 2/22/16
PET scan 2/24/16 clear
CT 6/8/16 clear
CT 10/3/17 clear
CEA 12/17 1.7
5/16 3.8
7/16 1.9
3/17 1.3
10/17 1.2
4/18 1.6
NED

L.andr
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:59 am
Facebook Username: Lynn.Andrews

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby L.andr » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:22 pm

Thank you MargieJ and NHMike for your replies, it really helps.

I am still trying to learn how to use this site.

Also so confused about how this happened (it's in the family) - and I have hx diverticulosis, no surprise but geez I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!!

I want this OUT. So I am actually looking forward to tomorrow!!

Now back to the clear liquids...
Teach me what you know. I admire your courage, all of you.
L.andr
Age 65 female
Dx 4/18/18 at colonoscopy
Sigmoid colon tumor 2.8cm.
Lap colectomy 4/26/18.
Stage 2a adenocarcinoma.
CEA 3.3

Lee
Posts: 5625
Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby Lee » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:06 pm

Good luck tomorrow. Post when you can. One important thing, remember to walk, walk, walk those hospital halls. It really does help with the healing. Also bring a wrap around robe (vs one that you step into) for walking purposes.

Good luck with prepping today,

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!

margiej
Posts: 33
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:46 am

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby margiej » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:28 pm

I was in the hospital for three nights ...nurses will wake you up and it sometimes is hard to get back to sleep. A Kindle or e-reader is helpful to read in the dark a bit before going back to sleep.
Dx CC 12/2015, age 57 at Dx
Stage IIIb: T3N1b
Adenocarcinoma, sigmoid colon, 2.5 cm - low grade, moderately differentiated
3/6 positive lymph nodes
laparoscopic colectomy 1/20/2016
Capox started 3/4/16 - Six rounds
CT-suspicious lymph 2/22/16
PET scan 2/24/16 clear
CT 6/8/16 clear
CT 10/3/17 clear
CEA 12/17 1.7
5/16 3.8
7/16 1.9
3/17 1.3
10/17 1.2
4/18 1.6
NED

Caat55
Posts: 483
Joined: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:01 pm

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby Caat55 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:03 pm

Good luck tomorrow. Waking up to the thought that it is gone is a relief and a first step.
S
55 y.o. Female
Dx 9/26/17 RC Stage 3
Completed 33 rad. tx, xeolda 12/8/17
MRI and PET 1/18 sign. regression
Surgery 1/31/18 Ileostomy, clean margins, no lymph node involved
Port 3/1/2018
Oxaliplatin and Xeloda start 3/22/18
Last Oxaliplatin 7/5/18, 5 rounds

Capercrohnieileo
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:42 pm

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby Capercrohnieileo » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:23 am

Good luck!
Severe Crohn's colitis jan 2015
Developed fistulas feb 2015
Open total proctocolectomy with end ileostomy (bye bye colon and rectum hello barbie butt) because of fistulas, Crohn's and crc risk May 5, 2017
Gastroduodenal Crohn's Nov 1, 2017
Severe Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) Nov 9, 2017 GES showed 70 % remaining in stomach at 4 hrs. Normal is <10%

Eleda
Posts: 133
Joined: Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:28 am
Facebook Username: adele Morgan
Location: Ireland

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby Eleda » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:40 am

Goid luck today, fingers, crossed for u all goes,to plan
And a speedy recovery
Adele x
SWF, 47
Mom to 3 sons 6/8/12
Dec4th 2017 colonoscopy for minor intermittent rectal bleeding during Summer
CEA 4.4
DX T3 L3C M0 2.5/3 cm above AV.
JAN 3RD started 1650mg Zelda 2xday, with 28 radiation
Did tagamet 800mg daily and 75mg IV VIT C WEEKLY UNTIL SURGERY and
Tumor reduce by 80% 1 LN still remaining
TATME May10th, temp illeostomy
10/07/2018 CEA 3
MMR INTACT
Began FOLFOX July 10th
24/08/2018 Allergic reaction so next infusion lucovorin and 5fu
CEA 4
Second attempt with oxi aug 12th

DarknessEmbraced
Posts: 3085
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:54 pm
Facebook Username: Riann Fletcher
Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:38 am

I hope your surgery and recovery go well!*hugs*
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

User avatar
Atoq
Posts: 280
Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:31 am

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby Atoq » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:02 am

How did it go? Wish you a quick recovery!

Claudia
45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer October 2017
At least T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch negative
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy
25.01.18 laparotomic lar, hysterectomy, ileostomy
05.03.18 core needle biopsy of lung, updated to stage IV
07.05.18 CAT scan, lung metastasis 11 mm
04.06.18 ileostomy reversal
26.06.18 wedge VATS surgery

SteveNZ
Posts: 127
Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:21 pm
Location: New Zealnd

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby SteveNZ » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:26 pm

I pray all went well.
Thinking of you through it all.

Bless you heaps
Steve
Aged 56 - I feel really young...
Colo-Rectal Cancer T2 N1 M0
March 2018 - Diagnosis
April-May 2018 Radiation+Chemo then a TIA (Minor Stroke). - Stopped Chemo.
June 2018 - Sitting it out before operation. ....Pretty Miserable- emotions gone weird....?!
*Decided to live to 100 as I will get a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen when 100yrs old. I so, so want one.
Am a Salvation Army chap so I complete 'knee drill' (prayer) to the Commander in Chief often. For myself personally this helps me through.

margiej
Posts: 33
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:46 am

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby margiej » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:56 pm

Hope u are doing well and your hospital is taking great care of you!
Margie
Dx CC 12/2015, age 57 at Dx
Stage IIIb: T3N1b
Adenocarcinoma, sigmoid colon, 2.5 cm - low grade, moderately differentiated
3/6 positive lymph nodes
laparoscopic colectomy 1/20/2016
Capox started 3/4/16 - Six rounds
CT-suspicious lymph 2/22/16
PET scan 2/24/16 clear
CT 6/8/16 clear
CT 10/3/17 clear
CEA 12/17 1.7
5/16 3.8
7/16 1.9
3/17 1.3
10/17 1.2
4/18 1.6
NED

L.andr
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:59 am
Facebook Username: Lynn.Andrews

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby L.andr » Tue May 08, 2018 6:34 am

SteveNZ wrote:I pray all went well.
Thinking of you through it all.

Bless you heaps
Steve

Thank you Steve!!
I did well, at least so far, I'm home and even drove as I am not taking any narcotics, it was laparoscopic,
following the low residue diet.
Wondering if I will get chemo, I'm at stage 2, cancer was in the wall of the colon but the lymph nodes were neg.
Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated, I'm walking 3x per day. Not lifting anything >10 lbs.
Lynn
Age 65 female
Dx 4/18/18 at colonoscopy
Sigmoid colon tumor 2.8cm.
Lap colectomy 4/26/18.
Stage 2a adenocarcinoma.
CEA 3.3

User avatar
O Stoma Mia
Posts: 1364
Joined: Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:29 am
Location: Traveling abroad

Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby O Stoma Mia » Tue May 08, 2018 11:24 am

L.andr wrote:... Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated.

If you are looking for advice, I think it would help for you to create a signature that summarizes what your situation is so far. This will allow readers to determine if they have any information that might help you.

One of the most important items is the location of the tumor, i.e., whether in the colon or in the rectum, and in which part, exactly. Any details you can provide will be helpful.

Instructions for creating a signature are given here:

Adding your signature and other tips
https://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52681&p=421597#p421597


Return to “Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum”



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 40 guests