Topic: Medical Records
I have to say I am really impressed with Virginia Mason. I requested all of Mark's medical records last Wednesday and got them all today. I got 12 DVD's with all his imaging results/films on the a few days ago and this must be 2 reams of paper and weighs about 10#.
I guess I was really ready to look through them. I know when this all first started I didn't want to know anything about his tumor - not the staging, not the differentiation, nothing. But now I was ready for it.
He was/is T3, N1, M0 with R0 margins which equates to stage 3B with clean wound margins at surgery. Initially (before surgery) he tentatively staged as Stage 2. It was moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma and the main tumor was 3 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm with "arms" reaching into the left lobe and caudate lobe.
It was interesting to read through the operative report and look at the films from before and after the surgery - not that I could really tell a whole lot. Also it was good to see that no one said anything bad about me....I did get a little difficult with a couple of docs at times. Maybe it was because they always called Mark a pleasant 50 year old man so that made up for me.
Now I am ready for the registry.
Also it is kind of cool to see that Moderator under my name. Thank you for believing in me.