Jun 22, 2009 - 9:56 pm
Hello everyone......My name is Mark, I've posted a few times to this board and have been an avid reader since my dad underwent surgery on May 26th. His initial prognosis (based on normal CEA levels and PT/CT scans) was very good. However, when he went through surgery it turned out he was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer which had spread to the peritoneal cavity. As I'm through the initial shock and have had a chance to become educated, we have come up with an aggressive treatment plan for my dad. My dad has been treated at Mt. Sinai (in NYC) where the care has been very good. The team of doctors has suggested a second surgery which includes a partial stripping of the peritoneal cavity with heated chemo applied directly during the surgery. I understand the heated chemo has had pretty good results, but the surgery can be difficult. (They tell me its not Sugarbaker as they are using different chemo and only requires partial stripping). I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the surgical procedure/heated chemo and was willing to share those experiences with me. Thank you to everyone who has posted and responded on this board as it has been incredibly inspirational and helpful in coping with this difficult situation.