Jul 28, 2007 - 3:58 pm
Last week a cousin underwent exploratory surgery. They discovered two "large" tumors, one on each ovary, that they say were malignant. It has already spread to several locations. They did a radical hysterectomy, an appendectomy, they removed part of the intestine and part of the colon.
The whole family knew that much because that information was delivered to all of us at the same time.
We took turns staying with the patient who was very out of it. Now we're getting confusing information from the 2 people present when the doctor came. We could ask the patient, but I think the questions would stress the patient emotionally. So I was hoping you could tell me which is "more likely" the case.
One report: "The cancer is malignant, but the surrounding tissue is clean and it isn't in the lymph system. She'll be fine. No threat to her life at all. Yes it was ovarian cancer in the beginning."
Second report: "The cancer in all the tissues removed was malignant, but follow up tests show they got all of that. However, it IS in the lymph system, and we aren't sure where it started, and she only has 6 months left."
I don't think it could have gone from ovaries to intestine, to colon to appendix and not be in the lymph of blood systems.
I don't see how a doctor could promise she'll be fine so soon after the sugery.
From those who have gone through this cancer, can you tell me which is .. most likely the truth? The rest of the family does not want to upset the patient, we do want her to be optimistic about her future, but we also want to be realistic about things.