Dec 20, 2004 - 7:03 pm
It seems like everyone here had somewhat sucessful surgery. When my mother went in they just closed her back up and told us that they couldn't safely do any surgery. Now we're onto chemo and having a rough go of it. However, we are still a little confused by the lack of surgery and the fact that we feel like she's the only one that had this happen. Recently I read a book that stated that for stages III and IV, 100% of patients in a study of about 300 patients were given surgery? Has anyone else had a similar experience? How does this affect the prognosis? We weren't very happy with the hospital she was at (a big teaching hospital) and switched back to our local oncologist who she trusts and respects. After surgery they told us they thought it was stage IV, now mom's doctor says IIIB. We'll talk to the doctor again next week for a general discussion, but I wanted to find out if anyone here had a similar experience... Thanks!