Feb 20, 2012 - 7:56 pm
As you know I found out that my esophageal cancer had spread to my liver a few weeks ago on my 4th Cat scan a year after the surgery on my esophagus. The malignant tumor is in segment 7 at the top left of my liver. The surgeon at Mass General told me that without the surgery, there was a 100 percent chance of death so here we go again. As someone with stage IV cancer, I am quite fortunate that it wasn't located at the same time as it was in my esophagus, otherwise I would have ended up with pallative care.
I've been told there is a 98% success rate with this surgery and that there is a good chance it can be done laproscopically. They are giving me an Epidermal just in case they must resort to traditional surgery. I've been told that if once they are in there they find any other tumors, that they will back off and that's scary given the fact that it would mean the end for me. I've also been told that due to the interruption of blood supply to the liver during surgery that they will most likely have to remove my gall bladder as well. Even with MIE surgery I will still have an incision in my stomach so they can remove the liver.
Another problem that was mentioned that it is common to get absesses after the surgery which must be drained. At first I thought this was wasier that my Esophagectomy, but now it seems more involved and dangerous.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me and with any luck you'll hear from me next week after I am released. Here we go again!