Jun 03, 2011 - 6:23 pm
I finally had my first appointment and found out a lot about how little I understand doctor-speak. I had the ultrasound you must all have had. The doctor said the tumor was much smaller than the gastro doctor said it was - 3.5cm instead of "the size of a cigarette". That was such good news, I couldn't believe it at first and called my first doctor back. But he confirmed that the doctors at Sloan have much better equipment, etc. The Colo-rectal surgeon staged it (without a pet scan) at T2N1 as there is lymph node involvement with the standard treatment of chemo and radiation. They scheduled my workup with the Oncologist and radiologist at the Sloan hospital in Sleepy Hollow, just up river from us. But he also said I needed to see a GYN at Sloan. Turns out the 10.8 cm mass that showed up on the CT scan is adenexal along with multiple others in the pelvic bowel. The anal cancer didn't even show up in the CT scan, which I learned is good news. But I am scheduled for surgery to remove the ovarian/fallopian tubes and any foreign tissue surrounding on June 15th. The appointments for evaluation for the chemo/radiation for anal cancer are being postponed until we get the pathology reports from the June 15th surgery. I could go home same day or many days later, depending on what happens when I am asleep. I am so tired. I have done my pre-op appointment already. But two appointments at Sloan with Ultra Sounds on two private cavities have me whipped. I may wind up at this rate on two cancer sites here.