• I have a what would you do question.

    Asked by StegalMan on Friday, November 15, 2019

    I have a what would you do question.

    I have been done with treatments for a while and things have been going pretty good, just normal side effects that we all learn to live with. On a recent check-up, a couple of tumors were found in my abdomen. The ct scan shows them and the doctors say that they are not a problem, not causing any problems and "could be" fibrous.

    My thinking is that they need to come out. The doctors say that if they are not causing symptoms and don't grow any more that they should stay as the surgery and recovery would be worse than just leaving.

    It's hard for me to agree to something staying inside. Has anyone had anything like this before?

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    • Created07's Avatar
      Created07

      How often does the dr. want to check on them?

      28 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I understand your concerns, I have something similar going on where they can't find a reason for pain that I'm having in my throat. I want answers, we don't have any tumors good or bad to look at and there are no answers yet. I do know that for several types of cancer the plan of wait and watch is common. Don't get too nervous about it until you get more answers.

      28 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      After a relapse, I had about two dozen actual non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma tumors in my abdomen. The spleen and small intestine were also involved. However, none was close enough to the surface to biopsy. So, we waited for more cancer to grow until I had some tumors closer for biopsy. Then, we biopsied and treated. Kinda strange joking about growing more cancer for the sake of medicine.

      Since they have apparently not been biopsied, what you have is masses. What are those masses? It is not good medical practice to flay you open only to find out it was fibroid tissue or necrotic (dying/dead) tissue.

      The chance of a serious infection is very high in the operating room/hospital environment. Stay out of them if you possibly can.

      28 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      I would want to keep this situation very closely monitored. My mother has a brain tumor; very small, apparently "stable" . She has periodic scans but her doctors say unless it shows signs of growing or otherwise changing it's better to just leave it alone than attempt surgery with all the inherent dangers of that.

      28 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I would not be comfortable with "could be" fibrous. I would think that any oncologist worth their salt would schedule a PET scan to determine if these are benign or cancerous. On a PET scan, cancerous growths "light up."

      Surgery on benign stuff that isn't growing isn't usually worth the risk. Surgery would require a chemo break which could give your existing cancer a chance to grow.

      Ask about having a PET scan.

      28 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Stomach surgery can lead into some nasty after-effects. So unless absolutely necessary, please beware.
      I had several stomach cancers & other tummy surgeries which caused a very serious intestinal blockage, treated by having my stomach pumped, which led to an a.fib attack which turned into a heart attack. Almost led to my demise!

      27 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Some doctors, like mine, hate PET scans. They show too many false positives for him. I would love to have a PET to see if my stable tumors are just that - stable - or if they are actually scars instead.

      If you're not comfortable with your doctor's decision, I would suggest consulting with another to see if they agree with your doctor's course of (in)action. I know that several years ago, my oncologist (who travels the world discussing lung cancer - he's no dummy) and I disagreed about the course of action for a tumor in my neck. He wanted me to wait around to get into a new clinical trial he had starting and I wanted the thing radiated and done away with.

      I had it radiated. It's a lot easier to be on the outside looking in and making suggestions ... but when you are the one with the tumor ... your outlook can be a little different.

      I've never been sorry that I decided to get the tumor radiated instead of waiting around for a new treatment.

      Good luck! These decisions are never easy.

      27 days ago

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