• How soon after DX should you be having surgery?

    Asked by Salical on Sunday, October 23, 2011

    How soon after DX should you be having surgery?

    Dx was 10/14 and surgery is 11/21

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • abrub's Avatar

      It can vary, depending on the tumor type. Remember that by the time you've been diagnosed, your tumor has been growing for a while, so in most cases, a few weeks, or even months, one way or the other won't make much difference.

      My first surgery was the one of surprise discovery. Then I went to Memorial Sloan Kettering, and they did not do their surgery - the follow-up, and clean up, for 4 months. They felt there was no hurry.

      Yes, we want this cancer out of our bodies, but in some cases, it is better to delay surgery, and shrink tumors with rads or chemo first. Sometimes, they need to let your body heal from a prior procedure, as inflammation can look like tumor, so residual inflammation can result in more extensive surgery being done than was necessary.

      I understand how you feel - wanting this part over and done with. Spend the next few weeks out and enjoying your life, getting as fit as you can before surgery slows you down for a while. I bought a kayak between my surgeries, and spent as much time on the water as I could - good for both mind and body.

      There is also a pre-surgery mind-body meditation CD that Sloan Kettering produces - you might want to get your hands on that and practice 20 minutes a day, to help you through the next few weeks. (Contact MSKCC, and you can order from them.)

      Take care of yourself. Try to remember to breathe. Somehow, you will get through this - we all do.

      Sending strength and hugs,

      over 9 years ago
    • Salical's Avatar

      Thanks for the info. I guess I have been reading too much about colon cancer. I feel such a strong need to "know" the stage and grade. I had a exercise program of sorts until I got so tired I could not do it. The iron has helped that over the last couple months so maybe I will start by at least walking. I will order the CD also. I do try to do the deep breathing when I that overwhelming feeling of I don't know what.
      When I read about your kayak trip I thought that was fantastic!
      Thanks again and I will take the strength and hugs.


      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      that is all up to your onc. some will do cheo rad then surgery and some do surgery first I had surgery first BUT i could of waited and did chemo first but If i had to lose a breast i wanted to do it and get it over with and durring chemo I could lookk down and see why I am doing it get mad and keep fighting.... i could not of done chemo rads then lose y breast but in some cases they need to shrink the tumor first and in some cases they need to get them out right away. good luck

      over 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      As others said, it depends on the cancer, the stage, the urgency, the oncologist/surgeon, and you.

      The doctor who initially found my cancer wanted to operate first. My oncologist at Sloan, who I am still with, felt the main issues were the tumors in my liver. One was right by my hepatic artery so they couldn't operate. Not sure why the first doctor felt he could operate but that's why he is my FORMER doctor.

      I did 6 months of chemo which shrank the tumor and made me able to have a successful liver resection. The colon area wasn't urgent like the liver was so in MY case, it turned out to be better to hold off on surgery.

      So many factors play into the decision but it's always good to get a second opinion.

      over 9 years ago
    • lovekitties' Avatar

      Hi Salical, will just add my experience to what others have offered. It was two months from pathology report on the tumor until I had surgery. Every circumstance varies based on the doctor, type of tumor, location of tumor, pre-surgery treatment, etc. Other things such as surgeon availability, operating room availability, insurance pre-authorization (if required) can also push out the date. The 5 week delay you mention is not so large as long as there is no obstruction or other complication from the location of the tumor. Hoping your surgeon's hands do best work ever, and that recovery is fastest and easiest.

      over 9 years ago
    • Jean's Avatar

      After my colonocstomy teh surgen seemed to know right away i had cancer and said no waiting lets do the resection and get this out that was june 1, 2011 by june 22nd surgery was done and over along with taking out 16 lymph nods in which 7 where bad. My surgen made me an appointment with the cancer doctor for a month after my surgery he said he did not like to wait longer then 6 - 8 weeks after surgery to start chemo so i started in Aug. not an easy journy but got to do what 1 has to do. I'm sure every cancer is different for everyone, i wish you good luck and prey you are well and safe. Jean

      over 9 years ago
    • AngieJ's Avatar

      i had a sigmoid scope in my Gastroenterologist office after on & off again symptoms similar to IBS .1st had a problem March 30.2011 admitted from ER D/C after more tham 24 hrs & dx with gastroenterritis n,v ,diarr,const & pain. 7-15-2011 scope couldnt pass more than 3-4" into rectum dr. admitted me Quick & spent total 28 days in Hosp. had a stage IV , lemon sized Tumor & 1 smaller one, no mets , positive ca lymph node1 out of 14. had extensive surgery after recovering from surg .out of hosp Aug 12th 2011. startes chemo & radiation sept 26,2011 finished last wk of Oct.2011had my 1st CT scan Post Surg./chemo /rad. next 1 in 3 mnths

      about 9 years ago
    • toml's Avatar

      I was DX on July 27 2011, had Robotic Laproscopic prostate surgery on Aug 15. Since Then 2 bone scans and a brain and pelvic area MRI. Waiting now for Jan 5th appointment with doctor. Just had a PSA and it is 0.013. so that is good

      about 9 years ago

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