Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

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Malidosa
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Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Malidosa » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:38 am

So my surgery is tomorrow. From the minute I found out about this cancer I have been looking forward to getting to this step.

But now I'm finding myself scared and nervous. Not only cause I don't know what to expect during/after surgery. But that I know I will now be moving on to another unknown step.

Ugh. just need good vibes and some good stories. Appreciate anything. Thanks,
Dx - Cecum mass - age 35
Stage 1 (T2, N0, M0) - CEA level - 0.5
26 nodes negative
Right Colectomy 1/16/20
Currently investigating a 3.2 cm adrenal mass

Claudine
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Claudine » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:32 am

Well, I cannot think of anyone on this forum (since I’ve been following it) that has had something bad happen with their surgery. You’ll be fine!! And this nasty stuff will be OUT of your body! My husband’s surgery is scheduled for February 11th, and believe me, I’m counting the days.
That said, it’s totally understandable to be nervous. But try not to fret too much about what will come after. One step at a time!!
F*ck cancer :D
Wife of Dx 04/18 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS G12A
No primary (involuted?)
Lytic tumor L4 vertebrae, EBRT radiation 04/18, SBRT 02/19
Resection small intestine 05/18 (no cancer found - Crohn's)
Failed adjuvant Xelox
Folfiri + Avastin since 03/19
6.7 cm left adrenal mass 03/19, 3.67 cm 12/19, successful resection 02/20
CEA since 03/19: high 58, low 3.2, now 7.6
Scan 03/19: Multiple small lung nodules up to 5mm
Scan 12/19: 2 calcified granulomas, one 1mm stable nodule

Deb m
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Deb m » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:19 pm

Now is when the beast inside of you is attacked and destroyed. The army is moving in and will continue to fight till every, tiny single part of the beast is gone. That's a very good satisfying thing! You are young and healthy otherwise, the surgery will go fine.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers,

Deb

Punky44
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Punky44 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:10 pm

Sending you good vibes! Cya cancer!!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17
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 2.1; 1.9; 2.6; 2.8
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22/19: CT showed new nodules
1/28/20: CT showed nodules shrinking

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

Supportivechild
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Supportivechild » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:43 am

Positive vibes and prayers coming your way! You got this. Stay strong
Jay
Caregiver of mother 56
12-13-19 DX Rectal Cancer
5 CM Mass
T1N1M0
2 suspicious lymph nodes 7x4mm 5x3 mm
Abdomen/Pelvis CT
MRI Rectal Screening
Chest CT
PET SCAN

Vana3
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Vana3 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:54 am

Thinking of you and hoping everything goes well!
36 year old mom of 3 kids (10 year old twins and a 6 month old)
T4aN2M1
5 cm tumor in cecum removed with clear margins
17 out of 45 lymph nodes positive
1 cm omental deposit removed
LVI present
Negative for PC
negative for Lynch
prior to surgery CEA level 5, post surgery 4.2
MSS, KRAS g12d, Braf WT
Mutational burden: 10.9
8/20/19 more scans (CAT, MRI. PET) showed small spots on right lobe of liver, peri aortic LN suspicious
9/04 second round of folfox with Avastin added on 9/18
1/02/20 CEA 3.6

AmyG
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby AmyG » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:07 pm

Any updates?

Hope you recover quickly!
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
CEA 5.8 idk wtf is up with that, but everything else is clear!
CEA 3.7 make up your damn mind...

Malidosa
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Malidosa » Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:32 pm

So surgery went well. Spent yesterday groggy. Told I am SORE!!! Guess I didn’t really know what to expect as I’ve never had surgery but yeah my stomach feels like it’s done several rounds with a baseball bat.

I’ve been up walking but trying to get the body back awake. I’ve passed a bunch of blood clots with nurses tell me is normal? Anyone else?
Dx - Cecum mass - age 35
Stage 1 (T2, N0, M0) - CEA level - 0.5
26 nodes negative
Right Colectomy 1/16/20
Currently investigating a 3.2 cm adrenal mass

Punky44
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Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:29 pm

Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Punky44 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:43 pm

Yay—it’s out!

Yes passing clots are normal.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17
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 2.1; 1.9; 2.6; 2.8
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22/19: CT showed new nodules
1/28/20: CT showed nodules shrinking

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

Supportivechild
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Supportivechild » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:17 am

Malidosa wrote:So surgery went well. Spent yesterday groggy. Told I am SORE!!! Guess I didn’t really know what to expect as I’ve never had surgery but yeah my stomach feels like it’s done several rounds with a baseball bat.

I’ve been up walking but trying to get the body back awake. I’ve passed a bunch of blood clots with nurses tell me is normal? Anyone else?


Happy to hear that everything went well.
Caregiver of mother 56
12-13-19 DX Rectal Cancer
5 CM Mass
T1N1M0
2 suspicious lymph nodes 7x4mm 5x3 mm
Abdomen/Pelvis CT
MRI Rectal Screening
Chest CT
PET SCAN

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:38 am

I'm glad you're surgery went well and that you're walking around!*hugs* I didn't have blood clots in my bowel movements but I had blood clots in my bladder which prevent me from emptying my bladder when they took my catheter out so they had to put it back in. When they tried again everything was fine.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

Deb m
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Deb m » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:53 am

Glad everything went well and that your up and walking around! Yes, my husband passed a lot of clots and very dark brown/red dried crusty blood for the first day or two.

Keep us updated. The beast has been removed!

Malidosa
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Malidosa » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:57 am

Deb m wrote:Glad everything went well and that your up and walking around! Yes, my husband passed a lot of clots and very dark brown/red dried crusty blood for the first day or two.

Keep us updated. The beast has been removed!



So far it’s all been a little more exhausting then I thought it would be. Everyone keeps saying on my age I’ll bounce right back but I literally feel like everything in my body hurts. I want to rest cause of exhaustion but my back is so sore from resting. I can really rest any other way cause my stomach is so sore. Just exhausted. I realize I went through major surgery and I’m only on day 4 but man every day feels like a new battle. Hoping this doesn’t go on for too long.
Dx - Cecum mass - age 35
Stage 1 (T2, N0, M0) - CEA level - 0.5
26 nodes negative
Right Colectomy 1/16/20
Currently investigating a 3.2 cm adrenal mass

Utwo
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Location: T.O.

Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Utwo » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:31 pm

Was it an open or a laparoscopic surgery?
When do they expect a histology report?
58 yo male at diagnosis: T1bN0M0, 0/15 nodes, low grade/moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
03/2016 colonoscopy: 2 small polyps removed in left colon; CEA = 1.3
04/2016 colonoscopy: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed with kind of clear margins
05/2016 "prophylactic" laparoscopic right hemicolectomy - bleeding, leak, infection
06/2017 CT scan, colonoscopy OK; CEA = 1.6
A lot of funny stuff discovered by CT scans in liver, kidney, lungs, arteries, gallbladder, lymph node, pancreas

Malidosa
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Re: Surgery tomorrow! Need positive vibes

Postby Malidosa » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:54 pm

Utwo wrote:Was it an open or a laparoscopic surgery?
When do they expect a histology report?


It was robotic right colectomy. But also I’m suffering from what they think is an anal fissure. Which is what started this whole thing otherwise I would have had no normal symptoms of cancer. So the fissure is becoming super irritated because of all of my irregular bowels which is the most excruciating part. So overall I’m just a mess. They said pathology would take about a week.
Dx - Cecum mass - age 35
Stage 1 (T2, N0, M0) - CEA level - 0.5
26 nodes negative
Right Colectomy 1/16/20
Currently investigating a 3.2 cm adrenal mass


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