Jess83 wrote:Thanks for all your replies! I really appreciate it. Have today received a new plan of attack - adrenal gland is going to be removed prior to chemo.
The endocrinologist now involved said there is a small chance it’s actually a benign growth. She can remove it by keyhole surgery and then we can get it tested to see what it is.
The oncologist still thinks it’s a met but they don’t want to start systemic chemo and then find out it wasn’t.
So I’m now having surgery on the 8th of Jan.
Thanks Bill, we are definitely putting a port in, will make life much easier. I’ll definitely ask about the amount of sessions- so far they have only mentioned 6 sessions, but it all depends now on what this mass is......
It’s Xmas eve here in Australia so I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Xmas! Thanks again! Jess
Jess83 wrote:Hi All,
It's been a long time since I have posted.
Life has been cruising along for the past 6 years, running around after a energetic 6 year old, working and just enjoying life.
And now it's all come to a crashing halt again because after almost 8 years, my cancer has come back.
What we thought would most likely be a hemorrhoid has actually turned out to be a cancerous 35mm growth right next to my original TEMS resection.
They scariest part is I had a clean scope in August 2019.
So I'm now on the roller-coaster of tests and meeting, working out a treatment plan.
They are thinking I have lymph node involvement so most likely at Stage 3.
Met my radiologist on Friday and will meet my oncologist on Monday.
Just hoping some of you might be able to provide some advice on what kind of questions I should be asking my treatment team?
Is there anything you know now that you wish you have know when you started treatment?
Trying to be positive but I am crapping my past!!!!
Appreciate any help you can offer
So sorry it's back. If you never had chemo the first time, there's a chance that you have weakass cancer that will just all die. That's what I had. I had a lymph node light up near my sacrum that could not be removed via surgery, and they said I was as close to stage IV as you could get and still be a stage III. They wanted to wait and see if chemo would get rid of it and it did. Weak cancer means that the cancer cells are programmed for cell death.
If they do radiation first, that will be the big test. They check the tissue during the surgery and if most of the cells or all of them (complete response) are dead because of the radiation, you have a really good chance of being cured (because you had weakass cancer!). I had trace cancer cells left during my surgery, so my oncologist was really confident I would be cured. It helps a lot to believe you will be cured until you get proof otherwise. Don't deny reality, but don't live life based on worst-case scenarios. Stage IV weakass cancer can still be cured.
kandj wrote:either way that is good news. Getting those things cut out and tossed in the incinerator after they check them out is always my preferred method. As to your earlier question my DH has not missed having most of his adrenal gland fried (His is still there because he had ablation and radiation done). the only issues he had with it acting up was during the ablation. Definitely agree with Claudine that you are a-ok with just the one. Heck, you can have none too. That requires more meds though.
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