Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Went to the 2 week post surgery MD visit today, along with my crack team leader, Ethan.  We each had a list of questions a mile long, and I have to say they were very patient with us and answered every one.  

Last week we got a copy of the pathology report which answered some of the big questions.  Top of the list, was there cancer in the lymph nodes that were enlarged?  Big sigh of relief, no there wasn't.  Also, they didn't find cancer cells in the "washings" (I think that's abdominal fluid) and the tumor on the omentum was contained to a marble size lump and hadn't spread.  Then there were some other areas where it had spread, but the surgeon said they had anticipated that some of the biopsies would show this and since the cells aren't visible as tumors, they'll be taken care of by the chemo.  A few things on the report struck me as odd- one of the procedures I had was called an oophorectomy, and even odder- they biopsied my cul-de-sac!

The other thing we worked out at this meeting was the next step.  When we get back from Hawaii (that will be another post) I will have a minor surgery to implant a port (yes, a PORT) into my abdomen, probably Aug. 5th, then chemotherapy will start after that.   yippee.


  1. Hi Annabelle-

    I was just about to send you an email asking how the appointment your blog is a success.

    Your cul-de-sac...I never knew those were inside us. Weird.


  2. Yay HaWAiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! lucky you!!! Enjoy paradise!!!

    Sounds like a very productive meeting with the doctor, hope it helped answer a lot of questions.

    m a

  3. I was under the impression that you'd had a port implanted before.

  4. Thank goodness for dictionaries. This time I looked up "oophorectomy" and see that basically they spayed you. Nice. My tummy hurts just thinking about it.