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Another liver met & resection

Pamcakes
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Richard had his check up at MD Anderson last week. Back towards the end of August a couple lymp nodes in the portacaval area of the liver was detected on the CT. We did not get to meet with the liver surgeon on that trip. Richard met with him on Friday. The area can be resected! We were certain it could not be based on the reaction of the oncologist. This was truly a blessing from God. We are still waiting for the results of the liquid biopsy. It should be in in another week. If the biopsy is negative they will go ahead and do a scope to complete a regular biopsy to ensure it's a true negative. in February of 2020 Richard had a resection and recovered well. So it looks like another resection and chemo! 

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abita
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I am so happy for you! Yes, it is a releif when you can CUT out the cancer!

Pamcakes
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Thank you so much! It was such a relief to hear!

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Trubrit
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While noone wants 'another' surgery, being told that unoperable is now operable is good news. Best get it out, for sure. 

Is ablation off the table? 

Tru

Pamcakes
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Thank you! they wamy to resect. That's Richard's first choice as well. He had an ablation when he was first diagnosed that needed up being a reoccurrenc. I think the cutting it out gives Richard a little more peace of mind. I know some have great success with an ablation. 

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Annabelle41415
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If they can cut it out, that is good news.  Hoping for good results with the other tests.  Keep us posted.

Kim

Pamcakes
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Thank you! 

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beaumontdave
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I had two liver resections, and was relieved both times to hear that plan, knowing that surgery was considered to first, best option, and that getting it clear that way was easier on the mind over the long haul. The scary part was the onc./surgeon mentioning radiation, chemo, and surgery, looking at me and going ''what do you want to do?'', as though it didn't seem to matter. I stuck with the jerk and here I am, but I'll always remember that conversation, lol. Best of luck and all my hopes to you and your man..................................................Dave

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abita
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I just looked to see how long you have been NED, and saw your comment about surgeries changing you. AND YEP. I have a little hernia knot that poked through I guess when I was healing from my colon resection. And sometimes when I reached around my body for something, I get a pain that feels like a calf charlie horse I guess in the spot where they held my ribs back during the liver resection. I remember when at one of my post surgery checkups I mentioned I didn't understand why the pain was above my incision, and that is when he explained that they literally pull them back and away and somehow keep them that way, so of course it hurt :) I appreciate that he didn't give me that visual before my surgery. He did start showing me where my scar would be at pre-surgery. Mind you, I had 3VERY large mets, I mean like 7 cms was one of them. So, the NYer stopped him and said, so, my choices are scar and live, no scar and die? I will take living. The nurse carcked up. THe saddest thing is, I do believe his work was so excellent the scar would have faded greatly, but I gained so much weight. The lonlinessfaded. I  the fact that I would get nauseous without something in my stomach had me gnashing constantly, and all these excuses suck, and I am working my way back down, but probably too late to benefit from his skills where the scar could have faded. But, I again, alive is better than no scar :)

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beaumontdave
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The hernia fix is just hitting three years old this week, no troubles from the mesh that pulled that baby [I looked pregnant to the right side] in and cleared the excess skin. I'm still trying to decide on a tattoo to replace the bellybutton, something radiant and round, like a starburst, maybe. Or encorporate it with the whole scar, a foot down from the Xiyphoid Process, and a smooth curve to a line 14 inches over. I'm a roadmap, lol. The hernia was so big, my surgeon said we have one shot, and if I screw it up, nobody'd want to touch it after. I took that warning so seriously, I just started doing sit-ups this week, or a weak facsimile thereof, lmao. Like you said, I'll take the scars, gratefully!................................Dave

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