We have received the "okay" from Duke Univ Hosp that Hubby's tumor while "quite large appears removable". He will undergo a pelvic exenteration next Wed. He'll be in ICU for a couple of days but hopefully out by Saturday, his 48th birthday. The hospital stay itself should be around 7 - 10 days. We are both very apprehensive as this is quite life altering surgery but at this point we have exhausted all options. We are doing 24 hour TPN to try and get Bobby's strength and weight up. He has been unable to really eat alot between the obstruction, pressure on the stomach, etc (the list goes on). He is sooo tired of the fatigue, nausea,pain, etc that he is ready for the surgery. I do have a couple of questions. "Have any of you had intraoperative radiation?" "Do any of you have both a urostomy and a colostomy"?
It has been a tough year and 1/2 and we wish the first go round had been successful at removing this awful disease but .... well that was not to be. But this time...we will succeed and those great surgeons with the help of God Almighty will remove every shred of that cancer. Please keep us on your prayer list as it really DOES make a difference.