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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Update on Mom.

{What mom's cancer looks like on a slide... In case anyone else is nerdly like me, and cares to look for this stuff.}

This information is actually from Tuesday....

Mom's CT is essentially negative---except for colon cancer. She's still got a cyst on her ovary, but it's only 2.5cm, and has not been problematic for her, & seems unrelated to her cancer. That's great. There are no blaring red flags on the CT. Yaaaay! No signs of mets on there.

She met with the surgeon Tuesday. He's going to do a bowel resection & reconnection all in one procedure. No colostomy. She'll have a traditional abdominal surgery as opposed to the laparascopic surgical option because he needs to remove a portion of the mesentary tissue to get the lymph nodes for pathology as well. The actual colon mass is on her left side, and the way he described the surgery, he will be taking out a portion, not just the actual mass, but he estimated a length of 6-7 inches, maybe more, maybe less. He'll just have to see when he gets in there.

What type of cancer is it? It's adenocarcinoma...Invasive Moderately Differentiated Adenocarcinoma. It's pictured above.

What stage is it? Won't know until the pathology after the surgery because they need to measure how deeply it invaded the colon wall/how many layers it penetrated.

Will she have chemo? Won't know until she meets with an oncologist AFTER the surgery. Why? Because surgery is the first line of treatment for this type of cancer, as we've been told by the GI doc & surgeon.

Plan? For now---the plan is surgery on the 20th. Check in time is 5am. (Lovely.) Surgery should take "a couple of hours." Estimated length in the hospital----just like a doctor, he responded, "It's different for every patient. We won't know until we see how she progresses after the surgery." We're estimating it at 3-6 days.

We're hoping she will be out of the hospital by Christmas! She may be completely useless---but we're just hoping she'll be home!

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At 9:31 AM , Blogger NYCPatty said...

I'm praying so much for her. I wish her all the best on her surgery. Sending lots of love and hugs to you.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I know everyting going through your head and heart right now. LOVE YOU!

At 9:49 AM , Anonymous Ginger said...

All of you will certainly be in my prayers! Sending you and your mom and sister and everyone else love and hugs...

At 10:07 AM , Blogger LauraC said...

Lainey, keeping you and your family in my thoughts!

My grandfather had colon cancer a few years ago. Almost exactly same situation. Had the surgery and that was it, cured! It never came back. I will pray for the same for your mom.

At 12:44 PM , Blogger Christy Ann said...

It's good to have a plan and it sounds like she's in great hands. I'll be thinking of you all... xxx

At 4:15 PM , Blogger Kate said...

Thanks so much for the update--sounds like there is a plan so far and hoping that the surgery will get it and that will be all. I'll be up early Monday morning and will pray for you. Hopefully the hospital stay will be short and your beloved Mamasita will be with you before Christmas.

And I am a nerd--I would want to see that picture, too.

At 6:58 AM , Blogger Brunson Family said...

Praying for your mom!

At 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. Tell Darnin we're praying for her!

At 6:57 PM , Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Wow. So glad they can do the surgery so quickly! Will be thinking and praying for your family next week and can't wait to read your update.

At 2:39 PM , Blogger Shoeaddict said...

Laine, I will pray for your mom and will be waiting for an update tomorrow morning!!!


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