Is surgery always best?
Just wondering if any kind folks on here can help me get my head straight after another crazy day on planet BC.
I "finished" treatment in April, and my post-treatment CT scan showed massive progression while on FOLFOX (ovaries, peritoneum and 2 small new liver tumours). I'd been hoping to have CRS/HIPEC, but today I was turned down by my local hospital, the Christie. I'm hoping to get a second opinion from Jamie Murphy at Imperial by the end of this week, otherwise I'm back in the chemo chair on Monday.
The thing is, up until today, I'd been hell-bent on surgery, but when my oncologist explained the decision today, it all sounded quite reasonable... that because my cancer is so aggressive, it's better to get it under control with chemo before thinking about surgery. Is it also the case that if the cancer cells are active, microscopic bad cells would still be hanging around after surgery which will cause recurrence later on anyway? She didn't say anything about lymph nodes showing up on the PET scan.
All of this may be irrelevant, as Prof. M may say no anyway, but I just wondered if people had any insights on which to base my decision in the event that I am in a position to choose. It's just that once he makes his decision I'll need to decide quickly one way or the other. Hope this all makes sense, it's been a long day! Thanks for reading : )