Mar 25, 2011 - 9:11 pm
The 4-5 hour surgery that instead went 7 hours is now over and is a success! The surgeon removed the LLL, which turns out was not touching the aorta. However the tumor was creeping up into the airway and they were able to cut that part out and get to negative margins and stitch the ends back together. Also had to remove part of an artery within the lung that the tumor was touching and put in a 6mm gore-tex graft. They took out lymph nodes as well, but won't get that path report until we return for follow up in two weeks. The surgeon actually used the good C word-cure. He says we can start to think about a cure. How sweet it is. May have to have chemo as the last pathology did show cancer in two lymph nodes that were removed, but right now just want to enjoy the moment of we can think about a cure. Of course we have a long road of recovery ahead of us. and for the hubby a long weekend-he can't eat until Monday because he has to have swallow studies first and it's the weekend now and they won't be done until Monday. A small price to pay and he has a few pounds to spare as do I :-) i just might get a good night's sleep tonight.