Roadrunner & Rob,
Yes 8/2 is the scheduled surgery.
I was thinking the same thing. Originally I accepted the 3 month wait as positive news. I felt they determined its in such an early regrowth stage that time is on our side.
I do know the surgeon was initially very concerned with time when she discovered what she believed was a tumor. Since then, she’s been much less anxious.
They are waiting for genetic test results. That will take a couple more weeks.
I don’t understand fully what we are dealing with. It seems they discovered “cancer cells” rather than a tumor full of cancer. I believe that of the multiple biopsy samples, only one (FNA?) picked up cancer cells. But I’m not certain. I’m very careful to suggest anything that might make DH anxious or nervous, so I need to be very careful about questioning the possible risk of a 3 month wait. The belief is that this has been caught very early. They definitely have a lot of data to go by.
Yes, his last treatment, EBRT, was on 7/29/2020. Last chemo was on 6/2/2020. They recently started probing on 3/21/2022 when they found a cyst. Biopsy results taken from a 4/20/2022 ultrasound found adenocarcinoma. CT scan on 5/2/2022 confirmed no metastasis (anywhere?).
In the big picture 3 months is a short period. It’s a little different than originally when he was taken off chemo for liver resection. We were in a rush to get him back on chemo, back then.
In a way, I feel like they’re treating this like how long it takes for a handful of cancer cells to become problematic, which usually takes years. I believe a handful of cells survived the chemo radiation, and after almost 2 years on W&W they can see he needs surgery.
Over the next couple weeks, I’ll talk to him about the scheduled date, and try to convince him to ascertain that it’s really no rush and doesn’t add unnecessary risk. He did speak with his oncologist on 5/3/2022 who gave him very promising news. Since then, I believe all the doctors met to discuss plans, and came up with the 8/2/2022 surgery date. He meets with the surgeon on 5/16/2022. Maybe he can bring it up with her,then, as well?
2019 4A t3 n2 m1a
8/23 C-scopy, 5+cm mass. CEA:4.1
9/16 MSS. MRI: 2 lvr mets: 2.7 & 7mm
9/30 Start FOLFOX 1-6
10/4 Lg lvr met ~3.7cm, pri tmr stable.
CEA: 10/13,12.5;10/27-12/8 btw 4.7 & 3.1
11/5 both lvr mets ~ 2/3 smaller.
12/17 PET: sm lvr met gone, remaining tmrs @10% of orig sz & actvty
MWA 2/5, Lap resection 2/11
CEA: 3/1-5/31 btw 2.1&2.9
3/2 start FOLFOX 7-12
4/2022 EUS-FNA,MRI: recur.;
5/2022:CT scan no mets