May 08, 2004 - 10:14 am
My husband's (Mike) surgery was on April 23rd. He had a tumor inside his liver, lodged between the portal vein and the vena cava. Surgeons weren't sure how operable this would be. They weren't able to do their 1st choice which would have been a resection. Part of the tumor was attached to the vena cava. Instead they did a radio frequency ablation to the tumor. Films afterwards showed both main veins still open, so surgeons consider the surgery a success. As they say, there is no way to know for certain if anything else is going on, so he will need to keep up with all the routine tests. This surgery has zapped him tremendously. Horrible back pain has been his biggest complaint. Meds don't help. He has other pains as well. He forces himself to walk every day, forces himself to eat as his appetite has disappeared (he lost 20 lbs in 6 days). He can only lay on his back which is very uncomfortable. He doesn't sleep well. His moods are more down than up. At least they removed his staples the other day. He can't lift for another 6 wks, and he feels useless. I try to be as encouraging & positive as possible. We need to set up an appt with his oncologist to see what followup is next. Chemo? Radiation? Something else?? I don't have a clue. I will welcome any/all suggestions. I feel knowledge is power, and the more I know before we walk into that office the more confident I will be. Thanks for listening, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.