Posted 10/10/2004 11:08 AM (GMT -7)
Luci, what a trooper you are! I'm so proud to know you.

Three cheers for no tumor, and we'll just take a breath and get that 2nd opinion before looking at an operating room, thank you. What a gal!

Love you!
Becky

Posted 10/10/2004 7:07 PM (GMT -7)

Luci,

Glad to hear no tumor, but you need a 2nd and maybe even 3rd opinion before you let them start cutting to "look around".  I have had it done before, but not on the leg.  Abdomen is a little different.  We will all be there with you, but if you need us physically in Vegas - that could probably be arranged. LOL  Any excuse to go to Vegas.  In fact DH and I are hoping to get down there sometime this winter for a few days to visit some ND friends of ours who have relocated down there.

Take care, sweetie.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.....<<<<<<Hugs>>>>>

Kitty

Posted 10/11/2004 4:10 PM (GMT -7)
Luci, I am also relieved that a tumor was not detected on the MRI. However, remember that no imaging modality is definitively diagnostic; it just gives the doctor information. Some types of imaging techniques are better for soft tissue while others are better for hard tissues. The new digital imaging techniques are highly specialized and need to be read accurately by the radiologists.  Whether your doctor has or has not seen the films himself may not mean that he is a bad doctor; he most likely cannot "read" the MRI and is relying on the skills of the radiologist to interpret the study.  He may not be jumping into surgery blindly, but rather wants to see with his eyes what is going on and biopsy anything that appears unusual.  You know the drill: a biopsy is the ONLY way to know what something really is! Even though medicine has come such a long way technologically, there is still a lot of "gut feelings" that guide our physicians to take one coarse or another, and that just comes from experience. A second opinion is certainly in order, especially since you are not comfortable with your original doctor's recommendation. I just want to share with you some perspective from the "other" side. I really do hope this turns out to be just another pork chop bone! L&H, Frayda
Posted 10/11/2004 7:34 PM (GMT -7)
Luci, tell your second opinion onc to look for something kind of t-shaped....like a pork chop bone, right????

So glad to hear the initial dx is good, but sad you had to get that surgery word thrown at you. Keep us posted on what you find out from your second opinion.

Love, Peg

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