Post surgery Update.....
So, another little update on how I’ve been getting on.
I was admitted to Kings on the 16th June as a priority patient to have a brain met removed. Said brain met had doubled in size over 4 weeks (it had developed a very good blood supply for itself!) and I’d gone from potential SRS laser surgery at Guys to open surgery at Kings, as laser surgery would no longer be effective due to the amount of growth. I was described as their ‘Golden Patient’ , which essentially meant I was a priority, but not an emergency, and I was on the ward ready to go as soon as any theatre space was available. I was bumped over a couple of days and eventually had surgery on the 20th June, and came home on the 24th June.
My recovery so far has been very straight forward, with the only issue being tiredness- strangely far quicker and less painful than the bowel and lung ops I’ve previously had. There are no pain receptors in the brain which helps. They’ve weened me off the steroids completely now, so I should start sleeping better and I’m looking forward to getting back to doing lots of walking and using the gym. I have lost 25% of my visual field and this won’t come back, but I am hoping to be able to drive again at some point.
Brain mets from CRC are rare, however they are becoming more common due to the success of systemic chemo and patients living longer. My oncologist was very quick to react to the mild changes I was experiencing with my eyesight ( which I’d mentioned to the nurses at my pre chemo assessment), as I wasn’t getting any classic signs of a tumour, and for that I a super grateful, as I just put it down to a reaction to the chemo. Brain metastasis are very treatable and I will now be on 3monthly MRI forever, to keep an eye on things. 😊🐶🌸🦄