• How do you react when doctors say that either pieces of the tumor are still there, an infection, or scar tissue after surgery?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Monday, April 8, 2013

    How do you react when doctors say that either pieces of the tumor are still there, an infection, or scar tissue after surgery?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • ddkk3's Avatar
      ddkk3

      Though I have a different type of cancer than you do, my oncologist recently told me that he believes I will be fully cured after my treatment (chemo and radiation) but that I will still have some scar tissue where my tumor is. I'm ok with that but I guess I will just have to monitor it closely for the rest of my life.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      The question is are there any active cancer cells? I have a lymph node that was 10 cm at the time of diagnosis. It's still around 1 cm but there is "no evidence of disease". He said it would probably never return to it's orginal size.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Mark, After surgery there will alwaysa be some scar tissue. If you have a PET scan too soon after surgery the scar tissue or any infection wil light up just like cancer so it will be impossible to tell if there is any cancer left. After surgery the usually chack the margins around the tumor (healthy tissue also removed) and want to see a large enough margin to be confident that they got all of the cancer In a lot of cases (including mine) they will use radiation or some other targeted treatment to kill off any thing that surgery might have missed when the margins are small. Hope thie helps. Good Luck

      almost 4 years ago

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