• Simultaneous liver and colon resection

    Asked by mtnraindancer on Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Simultaneous liver and colon resection

    Update...I researched and found an excellent oncology surgeon at the Medical University in Charleston, SC and have been impressed with their research and approach. My daughter lives close by and I am in the process of relocating to be near her while I am in treatment there. He said the written report of my PET scan shows the colon tumor with the liver mets only as of now in the right lobe. No other organs were noted in the report nor lymph node involment. Wouldn't lymph node involvement have lit up on the Pet scan? He is awaiting the actual imaging to arrive on Monday. He has suggested simultaneous resection if all looks well on the imaging depending on location of the liver tumor. If it is not in a good stage for resection, he said he would suggest 8 weeks of chemo initially, and then reassessment for surgery. He said is certain he can get it all if surgery is done first, and after recouping, I would follow up with chemo. He certainly gave me much needed hope so I am putting on the gloves and gearing up for the fight of my life...I plan to win with the Grace of God. Does anyone have any experience with simultaneous resections and what the recovery process is like?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • Kbaarch's Avatar

      Had colon and liver resection on May 5, 2017 at 67 years old. About 8 hrs of surgery. Ascending colon, cecum etc. removed with a dozen plus spots on liver removed. Also removed lymph nodes. 13” ‘J’ scar. Surgery Friday, went home Wednesday. Back in the gym 10 weeks later- still very sore. Colon was functioning after a couple of days after solid food. Up and walking after about 3 days. Took about 6 months plus to feel recovered. This was all after 22 chemo treatments. Had 4 additional chemo treatments 12/17 - 2/18. Still have some tenderness in abdomen.

      Originally designated incurable and inoperable in April 2015. Currently in remission after a couple of scans have showed no activity. Next cat scan next week.

      about 1 year ago
    • Julia468's Avatar

      I'm so glad that you have found a surgeon you like, and plan to look forward to!

      about 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      All of us on the WhatNext team wish you the best in your upcoming surgery,

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Hi mtnraindancer, I haven't had the surgery (my cancer is lung), but I got excited reading your update! I love the sounds of the oncologist/surgeon you found - he sounds so optimistic. How wonderful that you'll be able to be near your daughter, too, during the treatment. It sounds like it is working out just right.

      You'll be in my prayers as you prepare for this next step in your life! (Remember, your husband's experience is not your experience!!! My dad had the exact same cancer I have, back in the 70s. After watching him go downhill and suffer mightily from chemo, I had said for 40 years that I would never do chemotherapy. Well, it was my only option so I said okay when I was diagnosed. That was in 2012. Chemo wasn't easy, but I did it and I'm still here talking about it.)

      Good luck!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      I don't have that experience but just wanted to wish you encouragement and tell you that you are awesome!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I am most encouraged by your news. I didn't have any involvement of my liver (in my right lung instead) so I don't have experience with a simultaneous liver/colon resection. However, I have heard of quite a few people having both done at the same time. They seem to do well.

      You'll selected a great facility. I have a dear friend who was Stage III with involvement of her bladder - they did both at the same time. She did well and is NED 3 years later. She had her treatment at Charleston. Best wishes.

      about 1 year ago
    • biga17133's Avatar

      Just wanted to say Praise GOD and I hope all goes well with this doctor and you get to be a NED soon ,,Enjoy being closer to your love ones,,Praying for you,,marven

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I haven't had experiance with two resections in one operation but I have had experiance with prayer. I will join the others here in prayer

      about 1 year ago
    • catlillie's Avatar

      I was diagnosed in 2014 with stage 4 colo/rectal cancer with mets to liver and lymph nodes. This talented surgeon at the Alaska Native Medical Center yarded it all out at once. He managed to prevent my having a colostomy despite the location. Then it was on to Xeloda during radiation and Oxiplatin infusions. Had a recurrence in my lung which, once again, was removed. They had me on Xeloda while Irinotican and Avastan were infused. So far all is well.. and I hope the same for you.

      about 1 year ago

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