Topic: Can't Operate - Too Close to Blood Vessel??
Several members have posted that they can't have resections because the tumors are too close to blood vessels. In 2006, jules posted that her father had undergone an unsuccessful resection because the tumor was too close to a major artery, the vena cava. Surgeons at Mayo Clinic and Sloan-Kettering would not do a second surgery because they agreed with this decision. However, a Professor Peter A. Lodge, Leeds, UK, agreed to a second surgery and was successful, telling her dad that "the tumor peeled away quite easily from the artery."
So, does a surgeon actually have the cut the tissue around the blood vessel to remove the tumor or can the two be separated just by pulling them apart. Do tumors grow into the blood vessel walls so that the only way to separate them is by cutting?