Jul 02, 2011 - 9:31 pm
rather than answer Cheryl's question about what type of peritoneal cancer I have under the topic of Hair loss and changes, I thought it appropriate to start a new thread on the topic, since the two are not really related.
Others on this board have different experiences of peritoneal cancer. Mine was found, not by the CT scans but by a sample of fluid taken from my abdomen which was found to cancerous. Later some got into my lung and that had to be drained as well. Since CT scans showed no tumours at all, not even tiny ones on the peritoneum, they put my diagnosis down to Peritoneal Cancer because it is only the peritoneum which can emit so much fluid into the abdominal cavity - "10kg" to start with. Not knowing if the CT scans may have overlooked something, they decided to diagnose me with Peritoneal Cancer with Primary of Unknown Origin. After I have a PET scan tomorrow week, they may find something that will given them a better idea of where there tumours may be growing
My biggest concern is the healing after any surgery as I am morbidly obese and I live alone. Being very big has always been shown to make healing more difficult after surgery, and I'm used to living alone. I don't like to be confined to a surgical bed, or to company where I can't have my own space. That's a biggie for me. Will have to wait and see.