Topic: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Hello CC Family,

Since our last post on 11/22/12, the familiar CC roller coaster has continued.

Jeff had a lymph node biopsy (ebus endobrachial ultrasound and mediastynoscopy). The doctors were pretty sure that the lymph nodes lite up on the PET Scan were positive. However, we caught our first break. The pathology report came back showing that the lymph nodes were negative!

While we were waiting for the path reports from the biopsy, everyone seemed so sure that the results would be positive that we were desperate to change the chemo regime and get him a new chemo cocktail ASAP (since the liver tumor had doubled in size on the prior chemo regime).

Our ONC  at UCLA (Dr. Sadeghi) was extremely cooperative and set us up for a third round of chemo, but it was the first with a new cocktail - Gemzar and Cisplatin. That was on Monday and on Wednesday of that week, we discovered the good news that the lymph nodes were not yet diseased.

Liver resection surgery has been scheduled at USC Keck Medical Center for 12/22. Our liver surgeon, Dr. Selby wanted him off of chemo for at least two weeks prior to the surgery but also wanted the surgery to be scheduled sooner rather than later, so it looks like Christmas in the hospital. Again, this is probably the best Christmas gift ever!

After a period of recover following the liver surgery, the plan is that Jeff will be scheduled for a lung surgery to remove the tumor in his left lung. This will also be done at USC.

Simply put, our prayers have been answered. Thank you everyone for your support, prayers, kind hopeful thoughts, encouragement and "good vibrations". We want to keep this positiveness moving through our CC Family, so we are doing our best to send all of this right back to all of you. May you all receive good news like this.

Bob & Nancy
Jeff's Mom & Dad

Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

This is the best news. Fantastic. Who could ask for a better Xmas.

Take care
Ilias

Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Bob&Nancy i.e. Jeff’s Mom and Dad….oh, how well you share the joy of receiving great new.  Congratulations.   Everything seems to be falling in place for your sweet Jeff.  Indeed the best Christmas present is yet to come from the skillful hands of Dr. Selby. Fingers are crossed and a tidal wave of good wishes is heading your way.  I will be thinking of you and am anxiously awaiting the follow-up news.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Nancy, Bob and Jeff: YIPPEE! Oh my goodness we are getting a few eaerly Christmas gifts on this Board. It is amazing! I am sure your Christmas Joy will Deck the Halls! YIPPEE!

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Dear Bob and Nancy,

I am so thrilled at the news. What a miracle that Jeff can have surgery. You absolutely made my day. Please give Jeff a huge hug from me and tell him that many people love him and are pulling for him. This truly is a Christmas miracle. Take care. I will be praying for dear Jeff.

Love, -Pam

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

What a great Christmas present! So what if its spent in the hospital? Next year you can make it even better!!

KrisJ
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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Congrats!

Willow

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Hi Nancy,

That is the best Christmas ever. Good Luck to Jeff On his surgery.Ginger and myself will be thinking and praying for Jeff.Remember we are only a few minutes away from each other.If there is anything I can do to help.

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Hi there,

What great news for you all! Really chuffed for you all and thanks for sharing it with us. Everything will be crossed for Jeff and I so hope that it goes as planned. And what a great time of year for you to get news like this!! Superb!!

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Jeffs Mom and Dad.  How happy I was just to read the topic title of this post!  So very very glad to hear your great good news.

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Hi Bob and Nancy:

Jeannemarie literally shouted for joy when I read this to her. Actually, Christmas at Keck sounds pretty great! I'm so glad Dr. Selby is able to move forward with the surgery. As you know for yourselves by now, you are in good hands.

We will be thinking of you and Jeff throughout that day, and will hold Jeff in our prayers in the days that follow.

Mark

Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

Hi,
Congratulation and good luck.
God bless.

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Re: Liver Resection Surgery Scheduled - Best Christmas Gift Ever

I will be praying for a successful surgery and easy recovery!  I had a liver resection if you ever have any questions about recovery.

Take care!

Susie