teacher2017 wrote:Did not like this Sloan surgeon. Told me all about my surgery before seeing my Ct scan. Basically dismissed that my lymph nodes were unremarkable. He said it is a tumor of a 60 year old. And I could get a resection or take the entire colon out and just resection the small intestine to the colon piece. To prevent more colon cancer. What on earth?!?!? Any one have this done?
susie0915 wrote:I'm sorry you already have had a ct scan. My case was rectal cancer so things are a little different. I saw the surgeon the day after colonoscopy and he set up scan, and endoscopic ultrasound. My resection basically included taking most of the rectum and reattaching to sphincter muscle. My surgery results in different digestive issues than colon cancer. I hope he went over the whole process with you. My surgeon drew pics for me to illustrate what he was going to do. Sometimes surgeons can have the best hands but not the best people skills. Since no spread or lymph node showed up in scan that is good news. My doctor told me they were curing me as I was stage 2A. I'm not sure with colon cancer, but with mine they took lymph nodes during surgery to be sure. Even though all the tests prior showed no node invasion. Keep us updated and good luck again.
teacher2017 wrote:I feel slightly better. This surgeon at Columbia Presreally knew his stuff. He was factual and direct and when I asked him if I was going to die he replied, not from this Ct scan. The Ct scan showed that it isn't in any lymph nodes, not in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. they did not get to see the whole colon because the tumor is large and sometimes blocks the opening. it is in the sigmoid colon and he won't know stage until he removes it. It will be a 3-5 procedure with a 3-5 day hospital stay. Then 3-4 week recovery. He also said that if the genetic test comes back positive he would consider in the future removing my uterus and ovaries to be safe. The other Sloan doctor told me my tumor was one of a 60 year old and I cried. He told me we can either take it out or wait for the genetic testing and remove the colon. He said this before he actuallly saw my Ct scan. I was very annoyed. I also told the Columbia that the Sloan doctor suggested this and he thought that was crazy. I still really want this out. The Colombia dr wants a chest Ctscan and blood work. I feel in better hands. He said I'm lucky this could be a lot worse. But I know that they won't really know until they open me up what we are dealing with. After surgery they will tell if I need chem
And 2-3 months after I will have another colonoscopy to see the rest of the colon which could have polyps or another tumor too. But they can't see anything on the ctscan otherwise.
teacher2017 wrote:weisssoccermom & ValZen - Thank you so much! I have to stop googling. It makes me crazy.
Thank you all for your input!
I have so many questions...If it is an old and large tumor is it a stage 4? Will Chemo make me lose my hair? Can I still work? How do I tell a 12 and 15 yr old that their mother has cancer? It's a disgusting place to be.
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