hart2hart wrote:... For newbies please fight the fight, get second and third opinions, ask a lot of questions and remain positive...
In 2014, hart2hart wrote:My husband Had Very, Very Low Rectal Cancer (11/11) - Stage 3
He had almost complete response to chemo/rad. Here is our findings.
Yale New Hospital and Mass General wanted to do a Colostomy. We sought-out 2 other opinions
at regional Connecticut Hospitals and two separate surgeons said probably 90/10 we can save your husband's
spinchters! Turns out we went with the slightly younger of the two surgeons and low and behold he did in-fact SAVE
Pete's sphincters. That was 4/12. The key is the skill of the surgeon.......Doc McClane spent 3.5 hours
handsewing this anastomies (sp?) vs stapling which he wasn't able to do and guess what it was successful. He is my hero forever.
How many surgeons would take the time to hand-sewn for 3.5 hours? Someone who cares alot about the PT and is not just a number in the operating room.
So --this tells me that some of these large teaching hospitals can't think out of the box or let me put it
this way..."It is not our Protocol to do this!" And yes in fact-, both Yale and Mass General said this to our faces.
Pete is one year post reversal and yes his new normal is not my normal --- But he is doing great and we will
forever be grateful for Doc McClanes skill as a surgeon and all-around nice nice guy! You rock Dr. McClane!
BTW, we have sent other PTS to him and he has also saved their sphincters!
Go get more opinions is our recommendation to anyone who feels not quite right about what their surgeon is saying.
We are sooooo glad we did this!
Julie And Pete
hart2hart wrote:Pete has been in remission since January 1,2015.
A HUGE shout/out to all at MSK. From the sweet
doorman, check-in, pump nurses, Dr D’Angelica,
Dr Kemeny and her Fabulous nurses, Trish and Sandy.
We Love and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Pete is thriving, were living life to the fullest.
Our kitchen renovation we had to put on hold we
are proceeding with this summer. Pete’s architecture business is doing well and his latest project in an
100,00 SQ Ft building in Mass and it’s a Pot Farm!
Really true! He will be starting acupuncture for
his neuropathy in his feet soon! So life is great—-were
grateful for this forum and everyone st MSK!
Shout-out to Kathy B, JulieJ, CRguy, Pete B,
My Mom:Lisa, Michael, Jane and anyone I missed!
For newbies please fight the fight, get second and third opinions, ask a lot of questions and remain positive.
It’s a marathon as we can attest too! Please PM
If you have any questions!? Love you all!
Julie and Pete
hart2hart wrote:Dr James MCClane, the younger brother of Steven is the head of Gastro Surgery at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. He is my forever hero and my nickname for him is Ace McDreamy.