Dear Jo, my husband is in a similar situation to what you have gone through, How are you now? I really would like to speak or write directly to someone who has experienced this procedure. I don't know how to send a personal message on this forum?
He had Colorectal surgery in March 2018 which went really wrong & he almost lost his life. he was rushed back to theatre 3 times! ;(
Adjuvent chemo was cancelled becuse he had a heart condition, kidney & prostrate problems... sent home with infection and was rushed back to hospital a few times
He had 3 CT scans since Feb 2018 and no one spot the cancer on the liver until 4 weeks ago I took him to see an Oncologist privately because he has been unwell & an MRI was done which showed the secondary cancer on the liver....
Suggested was a PET scan, 3 months Chemo, then surgery and 3 months Chemo but after studying the images, they recommend Surgery & maybe chemo after
My husband cancelled his PET scan because he's diabetic and worried that the radioactive gluscose they will injest in him will cause the cancer to spread even more.... does secondary cancers cause by the radiation?
He was told after the PET no kids or pregnant mothers should go near him for 3 hrs, it seems like this is exposing him to unsafe levels of cancer-causing radiation as If it is dangerous to be near him then how dangerous it is for him?
He is also worried the surgery may cause it to spread as well.... but what other options are there as its at stage 4?
The surgeon can go ahead with Surgery without the PET but the Oncologist said it is necessary to find out if it has spread any where else before surgery....
it has been the most dificult time in our lives and its a catch 22 situation... My husband is just recovering. He has gone through a lot and is scared after the catastrophic surgery in March
We've lost 3 friends to cancer in 3 months, its devastating for us as they quickly deteriorated after chemo
We know every individual is different and what works for one not necessarily will work for another
Any advice will be appreciated