Topic: Day of sugery found other cancer cells - now what to expect?
I am fairly new to the site and this is my first time posting. My mom, 68 years old, was diagnosed with ICC in August. The original hospital told us she was not a candidate for surgery and immediately had her go for radiation therapy. In the meantime, I researched other surgeons and had a consultation with Dr. Jason Heckman at St. Peters hospital in Albany, NY. Making a very long story short, he stated to us he was surprised the original drs. did not think surgery was an option; considering where the tumor is, and given my mother is unbelievably healthy otherwise. Surgery was scheduled for last Thursday, January 9th. We were overjoyed to say the least, as I know the option for surgery is rare. He explained to us, the first thing he would do is make small incisions and look inside and make sure there was no other cancer elsewhere, even though none showed up on her CT or MRI scans, sometimes cancer cells can appear. Unfortunetly, some did and surgery was stopped. We are devastated, of course. We are meeting with the oncologist tomorrow to discuss chemo. The surgeon says that is the next route to go. We already had met with the oncologist before surgery was an option, and he had already said for my mom to start chemo (then I found a surgeon so it was put on hold). One of my questions for tomorrow is if chemo could possibly kill these new cancer cells that were found, and then if surgery could be put back on as an option. The surgeon said the new cancer cells were sporatic in her abdominal cavity, and very small. I wonder if it was due to the delay with my mom trying to find another surgeon that allowed this cancer to grow...we don't know...I just wonder. The original hospital she was in (which was highly recommended to us) was nothing short of a nightmare for us, and we received completely different opinions from them for so many different things (even the drs within the same hospital were telling us differently from one another). I was wondering if any of you have had experience like my mom with regards to stopping surgery because of other cancer cells being found, and any advice or suggestions.
Thank you in advance. Everyone seems so lovely on here...its unfortunate we are on here...but it is comforting knowing there are other people who can relate to what we are experiencing. I am trying to get my mom to visit this site. I found it helpful, and I think she will as well.