Liver has been chopped!!

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AmyG
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Liver has been chopped!!

Postby AmyG » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:25 am

Had my surgery yesterday. 3cm tumor removed, looked to have good margins. I lost about 25% of my liver.

I feel really good. Going for a walk later. Finally not npo and I just ordered breakfast! Yay!!

They said expect a 4-7 day stay. Looking to go home in 4. I'm actually using the little breathing thing they give you. I'm a good sucker. :lol:

I was so anxious about this stupid surgery. It was all for nothing, it wasn't bad at all.

This post brought to you by all the lovely drugs they keep giving me.
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19
NED!! CEA 2.3

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ANDRETEXAS
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby ANDRETEXAS » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:32 am

Glad your surgery is over and hope things will continue to be manageable for you. Sounds like you are off to a good start and that you will be up and walking. Keep us posted on your progress. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Andre
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2014
2/10 - Colon resect
2/13 - DX- Stage IIIb
6 of 18 lymph nodes cancerous
3/7 - Port placed
3/11 - FOLFOX (12 rds w/full oxi)
8/14 - Chemo finish
8/25 - CT- Inc
9/5 - clean PET
12/10- clean CT
2015
3/2 - Clean colonoscopy & port removed
3/4- clean CT
9/21- clean CT
2016
3/23- clean CT
2017
2/22- clean CT
2018
3/21 - clean CT
4/11 - clean colonoscopy
2019
3/11 - clean CT
9/23 - Five-year release - Annual visits now !
Next colonoscopy - 2023

ONE DAY AT A TIME !

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ginabeewell
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby ginabeewell » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:57 am

I'm so glad it went well!

Be forewarned that you may still be feeling good today because the anesthesia is still in your system. I had a big shock when I felt way worse on the second day out.

It took me about 4 weeks to get back to 80-90% of my normal energy and appetite, and I think I probably only had about 15% of my liver removed. So be gentle with yourself and mentally prepare for the fact that this will take some time. (I did not take my own advice this past surgery! I thought it would be the same as my pump placement / colon resection and in fact the liver recovery took about twice as long for me.)

Walking is great if you can do it. Don't be brave and try to go off pain killers too early - managing your pain will make it easier for you to stay active, and that level of activity is going to be a critical driver of how quickly you recover.

Good luck!!
45 year old mom of twins (8) and lucky stepmom of 14 and 16 year olds
9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets
9/20/18 CEA 931
10/1/18 FOLFOX + Vectibix planned 12 rounds
12/12/18 CT scan showed typhlitis (7 days in hospital) but largest met down to 5 cm. Chemo holiday.
12/26/18 CEA 4.6
1/14/18 Resume chemo (#6-8)
3/27/19 HAI pump placement / colon resection
4/8/19 Resume chemo (#9-19) FOLFOX (no OX) + Vectibix
5/20/19 CEA 1.3
7/19/19 1st liver resection
10/16/19 2nd liver resection

AmyG
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby AmyG » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:17 am

Scrambled eggs, bacon, a biscuit with sausage gravy and cranberry juice. It was delicious.

Gina thanks for your insight, I'll totally keep it in mind. Moving in bed to get to my breakfast was....interesting. I am more sore than I realized!
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19
NED!! CEA 2.3

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ginabeewell
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby ginabeewell » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:24 am

AmyG wrote:Scrambled eggs, bacon, a biscuit with sausage gravy and cranberry juice. It was delicious.


If you had a real appetite the day after surgery, you are already way ahead of where I was! It took me weeks to feel like eating again. Or pot mints, LOL!
45 year old mom of twins (8) and lucky stepmom of 14 and 16 year olds
9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets
9/20/18 CEA 931
10/1/18 FOLFOX + Vectibix planned 12 rounds
12/12/18 CT scan showed typhlitis (7 days in hospital) but largest met down to 5 cm. Chemo holiday.
12/26/18 CEA 4.6
1/14/18 Resume chemo (#6-8)
3/27/19 HAI pump placement / colon resection
4/8/19 Resume chemo (#9-19) FOLFOX (no OX) + Vectibix
5/20/19 CEA 1.3
7/19/19 1st liver resection
10/16/19 2nd liver resection

AmyG
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby AmyG » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:13 am

I was starving. On Tuesday night, we gave cancer its last meal. Filet mignon, baked potato, ceasar salad and a lovely bottle of wine.

It was incredibly delicious.
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19
NED!! CEA 2.3

tater
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby tater » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:29 am

Wow sounds like the drugs were working goon yesterday. Your first post made me laugh. Here's to happy healing and kicking the beast butt.
DH to 38 wife w/kids
Stage 3C DX 3/3/17 CEA 29
5-fu and radiation ended May 17, 2017
Stage 4 External iliac node July 17, 2017
FOLFOX + Avistan July 18 2017 CEA 2.3
Nov 9, 2017 Coloanal Anastomosis, Hysterectomy & External Nodes Removed W/ileostomy
Clear Margins NED
CEA 1.5 12/17, 2.1 2/18, 2.3 6/18, 1.1 9/18, 1.3 12/18, 1.8 3/19, 2.5 6/19
Clear CT and MRI on 2/5/2018, 9/18 Clear Scans
Reversal Surgery 6/26/18

debb
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby debb » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:40 am

Great for you! I hope your healing continues to go well!
Stage 3C, Dx at 42, mom of 4
Colon resection 7/08
Folfox 9/08-2/09
Met to right ovary, both ovaries removed 7/10
HIPEC 8/10
VATS 7/12, 2 nodes, right lung
10/14 3 lung nodes, Stivarga clinical trial
3/15-7/15 Folfiri & avastin for lung things
Break! One+ year of freedom
8/16 Folfiri & avastin..lung things again
Break! 10 months of freedom
1/18 rib mets, radiation, folfiri & avastin
1/19 rib mets again, radiation, folfiri & avastin

MeAndMine
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby MeAndMine » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:14 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like you are healing quickly & you will get to go home soon. Yay!
F 56 non-smoker
8/5/2019 - Colonoscopy - 4-5 cm rectal mass, 2-3 cm proximal to anal verge and 6mm polyp
8/13/2019 - CT - No mets
8/19/2019 - Rectum: Adenocarcinoma arising from tubulovillous adenoma. Descending colon: tubular adenoma
8/23/2019 First visit with surgeon
8/26/2019 First visit with oncologist
8/26/2019 MRI
CEA 8/19/19=3.9, 8/26/19=7.1
9/6/2019 - T3N2a
9/11/2019 - Radiation begins - 5.5 weeks along with oral capecitabine

NHMike
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby NHMike » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:23 pm

Walking the day after liver surgery is impressive.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 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; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 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) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

Gravelyguy
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby Gravelyguy » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:41 pm

Thanks for the update Amy, so glad it went well!
6/17 dx mRC t3n1m1 very low rectal tumor 2 liver Mets 1.3 cm and .9 cm

6/17 begin 4 rounds Folfox w/Vectibix
9/17 short course radiation
10/17 rectal and liver resection LAR with coloanal anastomosis (no rectum left)
11/17-3/18 8 rounds Folfox
6/18 still NED!! Takedown
8/28/18 still NED! CEA .8 new low for me
10/18/18 colonoscopy clear
12/12/18 clear scans, CEA .9 still NED!
6/11/19 clear scans CEA 1.0

stu
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby stu » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:54 pm

Big welcome to NED . Yippee . Onwards to recovery and a very full life .
Stu xx
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

AmyG
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby AmyG » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:05 pm

Well kids, I can't empty my bladder. :roll:

I might end up getting a Foley back. Not thrilled with that,, but I did take a walk down the hall! Really tired, but feel fabulous.

Now I need to figure out what I'm getting for dinner.... :lol:
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection 8/28/19
NED!! CEA 2.3

NHMike
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby NHMike » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:21 pm

AmyG wrote:Well kids, I can't empty my bladder. :roll:

I might end up getting a Foley back. Not thrilled with that,, but I did take a walk down the hall! Really tired, but feel fabulous.

Now I need to figure out what I'm getting for dinner.... :lol:


Sounds like a valve is still asleep. I think that I had the catheter for three days before they took it out. I hated that thing because of the pressure buildup if someone didn't empty it regularly.

You get to eat?????

Glad things are going well.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 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; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 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) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

Punky44
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Re: Liver has been chopped!!

Postby Punky44 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:24 pm

Yay for a successful surgery! Hopefully the bladder setback is resolved soon and you can get out of there!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9; 10/22: 2.6
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22 — nodules on lungs—possible infection or mets—PET scheduled for 11/25

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.


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