EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT CONFUSING - STOMACH PAIN ... (sorry. I think I posted this in the wrong place)

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molly7511
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   Posted 4/30/2011 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
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!
     
    Thanks.
     
    Sarah

    Post Edited (sms9296) : 4/30/2011 10:44:09 PM (GMT-6)


    mscrowbar
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       Posted 5/3/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
    I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers.
    Denita
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    molly7511
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       Posted 5/4/2011 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
    Thanks to everyone for your support and advice.

    We got the biopsy results today. The liver growths were, in fact, malignant. There's also a growth on his colon. Next Tuesday, they're gonna remove that, too. That same doctor told me that it WILL be malignant.

    They'll treat him agressively with chemo and we're determined to keep a positive attitude.

    God will watch over him. I just know it. I cannot lose him.

    Sarah

    couchtater
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       Posted 5/5/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
    They say that liver is the only organ that can heal itself. Also you can live with a partial liver.
    I wish him well and you stay strong. (((((((((((gentle hug)))))))))))))
    Joy

    molly7511
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       Posted 5/10/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
    Thank you guys so much for the support. He's still in the hospital. Evidently, his cancer is colon cancer (as it originated there) and spread to the liver. I'm still trying to find out about lymph node involvement and if it spread to any other organs.

    Around 6 months ago, he had a clear chest x-ray. Hopefully there won't be any in his lungs.

    And, Joy ... you're right. They can "re-section" the liver, which is good news, but they're gonna do something called a PET scan to see where else it may have spread. I'm very anxious for those results.

    At any rate, they'll start with aggressive chemo, new drugs, "clinical trials". We'll keep a positive attitude and pray.

    Thanks again, your support really helps.

    Sarah

    couchtater
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       Posted 5/10/2011 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
    My cousin is fighting colon cancer which had spread to her lungs. They're trying some very radical treaments on her. She's already had the tumors to shrink considerably. She's already lived a year beyond what they predicted for her and looking better every day. :)
    Joy

    molly7511
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       Posted 5/13/2011 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
    That sounds encouraging. Where was she "staged" when they diagnosed it?  Who is handling her primary care?  The doctor, hospital out-patient OR a specialized cancer treatment center?
     
    Thanks so much for your response.
     
    Sarah

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       Posted 5/14/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
    I believe stage 4? She when to some private clinic in Mississippi, I don't know the name of it, sorry. She's now in Emory in Atlanta because the lung treatment caused a small hole in her lung where a tumor was. They've repaired it and she's feeling better.
    Joy
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