Topic: Waiting and praying for surgery
Hello everyone, I haven't posted for weeks, but I have been reading the posts, and you have all been in my prayers everyday.
I have had 6 treatments of Gemzar since I last posted. My surgeon at City of Hope has scheduled a surgery for resection of my liver, removal of my gall bladder and dissection of lymph nodes. Although the surgery is scheduled for July 7th, I will have a CAT Scan on July 2nd to make sure the cc hasn't spread and that my liver has regenerated some. If the scan comes back okay, then on the 7th, he will make a small incision and use a camerascope to see if there are any surprises. Then he'll determine whether he can do the resection. It will involve nearly 75% of my liver. I have one more chemo tomorrow and then none until after surgery. After surgery, my oncologist thinks I should have six months of gemzar and Xeloda.
The waiting is overwhelmingly difficult as you all know. My surgeon says to be cautiously positive but realistic. I keep thinking "realistic" - I border on hope and despair. Each day my state of mind is different.
Jump in here, Jeff, with that wonderful hope and optimism you share with us all.
My prayers for all of you,