Liver Resection Surgery

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tgarris3
tgarris3 Member Posts: 23
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
OK..so my dads CT came back with everything stable. His Onco is gonna have Radiologist review CT again and try to look at 1 other lobe and will inform my dad tomarrow if he will be sending him to a Surgical Oncologist for the resection.. How is the recovery, the process, etc. My dad said the only way he would do it would be if it could lead to a possible cure.. Teh Oncol. said before he would treat not cure the cancer.. But isnt the resection leaning toward curing it????? He said he would be off chemo 5 wks prior (which is scary) and then off for 2 months after and then he would go back on to mop up any left over cells that might be floating around..... That sounds like he would be trying to cure.... I know there is always a chance for a recurrence but trying to keep my fingers crossed that he WILL beat this beast!!
Thanks!!!!

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  • pluckey
    pluckey Member Posts: 484 Member
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    I had a liver reection 5
    I had a liver reection 5 weeks ago and am starting chemo for a 3 month "mop up" plan as well. Surgery is closest thing to a cure. Surgery gives about a 40% chance of long-term survival, according to availalble data. I had tumors on both lobes-9 tumors- a large amount.

    I am healing wonderfully

    Peggy
  • zenmonk
    zenmonk Member Posts: 198
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    it can be beat
    I had my liver resection june of last year. I followed about the same chemo schedule pre and post op that your father is doing. I did about 4 months post op chemo. They stop the chemo before the surgery to help control bleeding during the surgery. I am approaching the 1yr mark since my resection and they have yet to see any cancer return. I was stage 4. There is hope. Just read the posts of stage 4 people who have been hanging around for years. There is hope.
  • SueRelays
    SueRelays Member Posts: 485
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    zenmonk said:

    it can be beat
    I had my liver resection june of last year. I followed about the same chemo schedule pre and post op that your father is doing. I did about 4 months post op chemo. They stop the chemo before the surgery to help control bleeding during the surgery. I am approaching the 1yr mark since my resection and they have yet to see any cancer return. I was stage 4. There is hope. Just read the posts of stage 4 people who have been hanging around for years. There is hope.

    Yeah one year for you!!
    Yeah one year for you!! CONGRATS!!!!

    I had my liver resection on February 9th. Stage IV also. The surgery takes it's toll initially, but I am feeling very strong after 8 weeks. There are many many people who have gone NED for years on this site. Keep encouraging your Dad...and I will have him in my prayers!!!
  • LivinginNH
    LivinginNH Member Posts: 1,456 Member
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    Hi,
    I truly hope that you

    Hi,

    I truly hope that you can convince your Dad to have the liver resection. My boyfriend had his done in early March and is doing well now. I won't say that it was easy for him, but it's done, and he's now working on the chemo mop-up for the next four months. Please tell your Dad that 40% isn't so bad since who's to say except for God that he won't be part of that very special group of long term survivors! As the others have stated, liver resection provides a good deal of hope for a cure. My best wishes to you and your Dad. God bless. - Cynthia
  • tgarris3
    tgarris3 Member Posts: 23
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    Hi,
    I truly hope that you

    Hi,

    I truly hope that you can convince your Dad to have the liver resection. My boyfriend had his done in early March and is doing well now. I won't say that it was easy for him, but it's done, and he's now working on the chemo mop-up for the next four months. Please tell your Dad that 40% isn't so bad since who's to say except for God that he won't be part of that very special group of long term survivors! As the others have stated, liver resection provides a good deal of hope for a cure. My best wishes to you and your Dad. God bless. - Cynthia

    Update....
    He is not a

    Update....
    He is not a canidate for the surgery :( We are praying the chemo will continue to do its job and possibly look at surgery in the future or even praying the chemo will take care of it all.... THanks for everything
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866 Member
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    The "C" Word
    Not THAT one! This word...Cure. Doctors do not throw it around casually at all. Mainly because it's hard to say with absolute certainty that ALL of the cancer is gone.

    I see that you updated your Dad's situation. I can tell you that my liver was inoperable at first. I did 6 months with Avastin and it got rid of many tumors and shrunk the others so I became operable.
    I wish you all the best
    -phil