Aug 09, 2011 - 5:02 pm
My husband had HIPEC surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital on July 18, 2011. The surgery lasted 5 hours and they only found one area in the peritoneal with active cancer. Dr. Levine took 10 spots and only 1 was active. The rest had been killed by the 6 months of 5 FU chemo. The worst part about the surgery was that he did not have to go in ICU so he was on a general surgery floor. No nurses that cared for him initially had any experience with HIPEC (by their own admission!)and so I believe his care was compromised. He got a urniary tract infection one week after surgery and had to go to the ER with pain and the following week another ER visit (on the weekend again) with a prostate infection. This was extremely painful.
The mornings are very difficult to get going and he has a lot of burning and sharp pain after he eats. Other than that it isn't too terrible but bad enough.
We would appreciate any other info. anyone else has. Hopefully, he will not be approached with more chemo unless something shows up on a scan. He sees Dr. Levine on Aug. 19th and his cancer oncologist on Aug. 3lst for his scan.
My husband is 59 and in Oct. 2010 at age 58 he had a colon resection after discovering colon cancer from a colonospy. He had a physical in July that determined he was anemic. They found out the blood was feeding the tumor. It was a flat tumor - barely detectable and it had gone into the omentum, one tiny place in the pelvis and 4 lymph nodes. The colon itself was ok after the resection. The recovery from the resection went well and swift compared to the HIPEC surgery! In Nov. he did 5 FU chemo through a port in his chest and would do chemo continuously for 2 days every other week. His last chemo was April 21st. They did have to cut the chemo back after the 2nd chemo by 20% so he could tolerate it. He got blood clots in January from the Avastin and now his neuropathy which was never bad during the chemo seems to get worse. Has anyone else had any luck with anything for neuropathy???