Jul 11, 2012 - 8:35 pm
So we fell in love with Dr. Lowy!! His game plan was way different than the gastro/onco at UCI, and we liked it better! Dr. Lowy said he does not believe I need to start chemo, but rather he wants to give me about two and a half months to just heal, then he wants to go in to do the HIPEC. We explained that Dr. Bristow said the tumors are numerous, large, and some are intertwined with other organs and it sounds messy. He said he thinks he can handle it. (He had already viewed the CT, path and surgery reports.) BUT, he needs to confirm with Dr. Bristow that my small bowel is not affected by the cancer, or this changes everything. He said Dr. Bristow's surgery report was VERY detailed, and he believes if the small bowel had anything on, Bristow certainly would have noted it, but confirmation is a must! He will order an MRI prior to surgery. He said it will be probably be at least a 12 hour surgery, and he may even need to do it in two separate suergeries if it gets complicated. Dr. Lowy is having his path team review my path reports to just confirm the findings to be low-grade. He was thorough, compassionate, and just plain awesome! I am quite scared of such a huge surgery, but so relieved that he does not want me to do chemo beforehand!! So, we are waiting, healing, I am supplementing and eating insanely nutritious, preparing for the big day!
On Tues I got my port checked and I am cleared to finally shower! I got my staples out, but not the drain. I am still outputting quite a bit of fluid, so they said a few more weeks for that.
Please pray specifically that my small bowel is not affected, and that Dr. Lowy's game plan can move forward smoothly. Also for the path report to confirm low-grade. Please pray for financial provision to help with our almost $5,000 a month share-of-cost insurance. Many thanks!