I had a pelvic & abdominal CT scan Nov. 17 for 4 year follow up. Report summary: "All Clear" NED. However among other details it also stated appendix located and is unremarkable. The problem is I thought they removed my appendix!
So I started making calls: Surgeons office nurse: "No it was not removed. I'm reading surgeons notes." Gatro's PA: "No it wasn't removed, I'm reading path report. It was just biopsied."
BUT I have the pathology report that clearly states "Specimen labeled terminal ileum and ascending colon. Received includes the large bowel representing cecum and ascending region. Specimen has been resected along with an attached 9cm portion of terminal ileum and an unremarkable 7.5 X .6 X .5cm appendix" & then goes on to describe the tumor. I know resected means removed and the pathologists also describes sectioning of the appendix reveals a 2mm diameter lumen covered by light tan mucosa.
So WHY have two health care professionals told me the appendix wasn't removed & how could the scan show an appendix that i know is not there? Doesn't instill much confidence in me for any of them. Additionally basic anatomy: doctor would not detach appendix that was attached to cecum where the tumor was & jut leave it in my peritoneal cavity.
Any input would be enlightening.
60 year old female
Dx: signet ring cell tumor in cecum, stage IIb,
no lymph involvement, Lynch negative
no perineural invasion, microsatellite instabilitiy
right hemicolectomy with resection 8/13
no follow up treatment