Topic: Newly Diagnosed And Not Symptomatic. Other Experiences?
I am very glad to find this website. I have been diagnosed with CC (as of a week ago) and I really felt all alone in the universe.
My situation seems a little unusual in that I was and remain symptom free. I had a cat scan a few months ago for some (still unexplained) low abdomen pain, which resolved on its own, and the liver tumor was spotted. Two months and three biopsies later I finally have a diagnosis.
I do not have symptoms and all blood work, including LFTs, AFP and standard tests are normal.
At this point, I am told surgery will be horrible but is able to be done. In two weeks, I am supposed to have the procedure where they shut off the blood to the side of the liver where the tumor is in an effort to grow the "good" side prior to surgery.
My questions are: how usual is it to have no symptoms? Have others had this experience? What is life like after the "shut off the blood flow" procedure? Am I still going to be able to get done the things I need to do before surgery?
And has everyone gotten second opinions? Is there ever a time when initial reading of the biopsy is wrong? (I know this is unlikely, but as I am sure you all know, you tend to focus on unrealistic things when hit with this sort of news.)
Thanks for all of you who post and I send my most positive wishes to everyone dealing with this.