Follow-up visit with oncologist

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hep93
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   Posted 2/2/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a visit this afternoon with my oncologist at Mayo, to go over recent CT scans of chest, abdomen, and liver.  Everything remains the same as it was in September:  Necrotic tumor material of 9-cm remains from the original tumor.  However, there are only a few "live" cancerous cells on the upper periphery of that.  No metastasis anywhere.  The oncologist suggested keeping an eye on it by having CT scans every month or so.  He also was going to contact the treating radiologist there, to see if what he thought, and to find out if he would be willing to do further chemoembolization.  However, previously the radiologist had told me that his job was to get the tumor to an operable size and to see if they could get the part that had grown into the inferior vena cava to shrink back into the liver tumor (which it did.)
 
I would like to have another month or (even better) two, in order to continue to gain strength and stamina after my hip revision, before undergoing major surgery of removing the entire right lobe of my liver.
 
I'm very grateful for all of the prayers and for the skill of the physicians at Mayo.  What I have experienced has truly been miraculous.
 
Hugs to all,
Connie

Barbara P
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   Posted 2/2/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Connie,
 
I love miracles; let the miracle continue. Thank you for sharing.
 
Don't rush into the liver surgery until you have regained your strength; you need all your stamina for a quick recovery.
 
Hugs,
Barb
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 2/2/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Connie, It's good news that your chemoembolization did it's job, and your cancer hasn't metastasis any where. When did you have it done? My husband had it done last May. It also stopped his tumor from growing. His 1st CT scan after it, showed possible new little tumors, but by the second CT scan they had all disappeared. So his cancer doctor said it was just probably the dye that kind of splattered around that was seen in the 1st scan. He did have a horrible June though. He was hospitalized about 3-4 times. We couldn't control his ecepholothaphy.(Sorry I mispelled) I think it was due to the chemoembulization. He is doing alot better now. Hope you start feeling better for the next round. My thoughts and prayers will be with you........ :-) Pink Grandma

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 2/3/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Connie

Congrats on your great news. You deserve all the miracles that are offered. Take some time and gain your strength for your next hurdle. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy

hep93
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   Posted 2/3/2007 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, everyone!

PinkGrandma, I had my chemoembolization done last March, so nearly a year ago.  I've never had encephalopathy.  I did have quite a bit of pain following the chemoembolization, and for several weeks I slept 20 hours out of 24.  I also had a new treatment, Theraphere, about a month after the chemoembolization.  I was #2 in a study at Mayo involving Therasphere.

Hugs,

Connie

 

 


wheredidigo
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   Posted 2/8/2007 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Connie,sorry my reply is slow, things are crazy around here! I am SO glad you got good news,,you deserve it:) Miracles do happen and I am glad you are experiencing them. take care Connie
trish 
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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 


hep93
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   Posted 2/9/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Trish. I appreciate that. E-mail me!

Hugs,
Connie
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