Hi everyone ... I'm new to this forum and am wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this:
Last night, I took my 47 year old husband to the ER. He has had severe gastrointestinal pain for the past week. We assumed he needed his appendics removed or had a blockage in intestines. At the ER, they ran a scan on his stomach organs.
Today (12 hours after arriving at ER), a doctor finally gave us the results of his scan. He told us that there WAS inflammation in the appendics area, but also, they found spots on his liver. He went on to explain that COMMONLY, these spots are malignant tumors. That my husband likley has cancer in his intestines that spread to his liver.
Now, this doctor has not done a single test yet and can't until Monday, when the specialists will be there to run two tests:
A colonoscopy to "find" the cancer
Biopsy the spots on the liver, which are nearly always malignant.
He said to my husband, "You probably have stage 4 liver cancer. That's the END stage".
After the doctor left the room, we both cried. It felt like he had just signed my husband's death certificate. I've been devastated all day ... until I read a couple of articles on the internet stating that spots on liver are not ALWAYS malignant tumors AND found some posts from people with exact same symptoms who are fine. No cancer.
Now, I'm confused as to why this doctor was SO certain that my husband has cancer. There were two interns in the room with the doctor, so I'm wondering if he said all of that to "teach" the interns how to diagnose.
I would sincerely appreciate any answers that I can find. If you need more info on symptoms, please let me know. I'm a wreck mentally today and am typing through tears. I hope this makes sense!