Surgery for my wife next Thursday (10th Jan)
So today we met with the professor of surgical oncology and we were told that Surgery will be taking place next Thursday if all goes to plan. Now my naievaty thought this was going to be a fairly straightforward operation where they would talk through what they would do and sew everything back up, however it would appear these things are not that simple.
Firstly, they will need to begin with removing a section of the Colon (transverse section) possibly another part depending on how deep it has gone. This will then need to be either reattached if possible, but the likelyhood is that a Stoma bag will be put in. Then they discussed about the possible areas around that could be affected but the scan has not picked up. The left Ovary is almost certainly going to be removed as this is a potential breeding ground for spread. The Ureter is also in the vicinity which is likely to have some issues because of its location to the tumour, therefore the removal of a section of it or potentially removal of a kidney if there are signs of spread to that area. Then the psoas muscle could also have to be either removed or a part of it cut off as there could be signs of mutated cells here, this will limit mobility in the leg on the left side. They have also suggested that they use IORT Treatment (Intraoperative Radiation Therapy) this takes place whilst she is on the surgical table which apparently is only used in one location in the UK. I feel I could keep writing, but I feel so overwhelmed by this.