Port was removed a week and a half ago. I had it removed in radiology, which wasn't an area I had been to before. It turned out that they had sutured it in place, so it was the devil for them to take back out again. I think I was in there for about 50 minutes. Just had local anaesthetic. The Dr. was good and kind. He was amazed that he couldn't find the scar from when they put it in; I had healed up really well. I had been diligent about keeping it out of the sun. I've replaced the dressing a few times and it seems to be healing up well, although it looks like almost a 2" scar.
I've been running about once a week. Not as often as I'd like, but weather and such haven't helped my tendency towards inertia, ha. This past Thursday I ran/walked about 4.2K (GPS watch kicked in late so I'm not sure about the exact distance). The port site didn't bother me during the run, which was a relief. Looking at my stats, it was among my top 10 efforts in average pace. That makes me feel SO good. I am signed up to run in the Baltimore Shamrock 5k next weekend. I'm hoping that I'll at least come close to last year's time on the 5k. That would mean a lot to me. That race last year was my best 1k and my best mile ever. (Okay it helps that the first 1.5k is all downhill in that race!) I feel like I'm getting close to being back in the same shape, which is really exciting. I've never been diligent in my training, so I always end up walking a fair bit, but that's okay with me.
Hopefully I'll manage something close to the same finish time this year. And if not, well I still get to wear my ridiculous green tutu that I bought for this race last year. I love seeing the silly outfits people wear!
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8