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CanadaSue
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Hi all,

Bill just got a call from the onc....

The biopsey of the tailbone area came back clean!

They are sending him for another CT scan and blood work. The last CT showed 2 tumors on the liver, as well as the ellivated CEA. The CEA has been a good marker for Bill.

Now I have a question for those who have had tumors there. Does it depend on where they are located, as to whether surgery is an option.

Thanks for all the good vibes and prayers!

((((((HUGS))))

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kimby
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Sue,

Yes, size and location do make a difference on whether or not they are operable, but 2 sounds like a very good number. Larger doesn't mean they can't operate, either. It's just so individual. A liver resection is always the goal and inoperable mets can be managed and become operable - happens all the time.

Chin up, waiting is the hardest part.

Kimby

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maglets
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and Sue don't always take no for the final answer. I was diagnosed with 7 liver mets and turned down by 3 surgeons....the fourth did a re-section and 2 years another re-section.

There is always a way

Best regards,

Mags

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CanadaSue
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I know you are in Ontario, in the Toronto or Ottawa area?

I would like to go back to the sugeon who did Bill's first sugery, but will look around if we have to.

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Thanks Kimby,

We know the waiting game so well.

HUGS

Sue

mom_2_3
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Kimby,

I know you switched your pic a while back but I have been meaning to tell you that I love this pic a lot!!

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Great news on the tailbone biopsy, Sue- so glad to hear it!
Yes, as others have already stated, size and location of liver tumors does matter. For example, if a tumor is located on an artery, etc. it would make things more difficult. If that should be the case and a surgeon says they couldn't do the resection because of it, get another opinion! What one might say "can't do", another will be able to do! I had a resection in May & one of my tumors was along an artery. I was told some surgeons may not have done it, but I did get it done- the artery was removed along with the tumor (and was of course clamped off where it had entered to liver).

Will be praying for good results on your hubby's upcoming CT!

Best wishes,
Lisa

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CanadaSue
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Is sure is a big weight off to know it is not in that area. At least they should be able to do surgery. And we certainly will get 2nd, 3rd, or 4th opionions if we don't like the 1st one.

I have told Bill about this site, and I finally think he is ready to check out. Should be after 3 years..lol

Thanks again for the info.

Hugs,
Sue

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dianetavegia
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I'm so glad to hear the tailbone is clear! I'd thought about you several times today, wishing your hubby well.

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CanadaSue
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We are relieved beyond belief!
This sitting on pins and needles sucks as much as the cancer does!

Hugs,

Sue

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We take it where we can! I know the waiting is hard, but you are strong. We are still praying.

Vicki

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Hi sue I am in Owen sound but the liver surgeon is in London at the University hospital. They went directly with surgery for me.....i have noticed lots of people on this forum have done chemo first then surgery and then some chemo. where are u?

Best wishes,
Mags

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CanadaSue
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Mags,

We are just outside of Edmonton. We have a great hospital - University of Alberta. I am pretty sure I know which doctor they will send us to, and if he won't do it, I will contact the doctor who did Bill's first surgery.

Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

Sue

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Hey Sue,

For some reason (don't ask me why ) I thought you and Bill lived in Ontario!! But you two are from Western Canada which makes 4 of us out West ;)

That's great news about the tailbone!! I hope the surgeon you are referred to will do the surgery and that you don't have to go hunting around. I think I would find that a little exhausting.

Do keep us posted!!

Huggggggs,

Cheryl

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CanadaSue
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Yes it was great news!

After all Bill has been thru lately, it was great to hear it wasn't in the tailbone area.
The onc said it was just scar tissue, and taking it's time healing.

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Thanks Vicky,

The waiting is the worst, I may have to become like Lisa and call the lab for the results.

All prayers are accepted and, appreciated,

ANd it is good to hear the Zofran worked for you. I know Bill was on that and Maxiran, and another I can't think of.

Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

Sue

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Kanort
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Hi Sue,

I am so glad that Bill's biopsy came back negative. I know how worried you have been.

Please keep us posted on his upcoming CT scan and his blood work results.

Thinking of you both.

Hugs,

Kay

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CanadaSue
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Kay and Scouty,

Thanks for the kind words, we are feeling much calmer tonight.

I will be asking questions, and pushing if they are not what we want to hear.

HUGS,

Sue

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And you just got the first of many hon.

Surgical possiblities to mets in the liver are usually based on how many and where they are. Where they are in extremely important especially if they are close to a hematic artery. The liver is pretty bloody anyway and there is no way surgeons will cut close to a main artery or vein but that does not mean they won't do a resection. My liver mets died from chemo and my immune system with no resection needed so don't rule that out.

Keep us posted and keep asking those good questions.

Lisa P.

mom_2_3
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So glad you got good news about the tailbone. Location of liver mets like everyone has said is important. Keep in mind that the first oncologist I saw said I would not be operable. I got a second opinion and 3 months after seeing that first doctor I was coming out of surgery for my liver re-section. So what did that first DR know? Make sure your opinions concerning operability come from an oncological surgeon (preferably one that does livers only), not the oncologist.

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tootsie1
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Yay for the good news! Isn't it wonderful to have something turn out in a positive way? We'll have to pray that the rest of the news turns out well, too. Keep us posted!

*hugs*
Gail

kmygil
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Good news on the tailbone scan!!! I'm so pleased. Regarding the liver, I don't have any experience with that aspect of the beast, but there are a lot of folks on this board that do. No matter what, you are continuously in my prayers!

Hugs,
Kirsten

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