Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Second Opinion

At the end of last week I heard back from my wonderful Minnesota friend, who had shown my file to his colleague, a specialist for my kind of cancer. He reported back that he felt that, without hesitation, surgery was my best option at this time. Needless to say, this new information filled my weekend with confusion, and not a little bit of anxiety. After consultation with more of my medical friends, I went to my scheduled oncologist appointment yesterday, and was pleased, and relieved, to learn that she was a fan of debulking (but went by her surgeons' recommendations), and so suggested a second Toronto opinion with an aggressive surgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital. I am waiting now to hear if she has been successful in getting me a quick appointment - it is important that I have this second opinion before my next chemo in a week's time, as there are only limited numbers that I can have, and I must be able to have some after surgery.

Once again, it feels weird to be hoping for invasive abdominal surgery, but my doctor says that chemo alone will not eliminate the cancer.

I am at day 14 in this 4th cycle, and I am feeling just great. We are trying to sort out the house - today I will hang curtains in the sun room and try to get rid of some free funiture on Craig's List.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chère Anne, tu as parfaitement raison de demander un 2° avis. C'est ce que j'ai fait sans que le premier pneumologue ne s'offusque. Il a tout confirmé avec d'autres mots, un autre style, ce qui m'a rassuré. Et je m'en suis donc remis au traitement proposé par le 1°. La semaine prochaine aura lieu ma 2° visite trimestrielle. Les progrès médicaux sont tels qu'on peut s'en remettre à l'avis des spécialistes sans arrière-pensée. Alors Courage et à bientôt. Jacques Monnet cj.monnet@wanadoo.fr Christiane t'envoie tous ses voeux.

Mia said...

Sounds like you are keeping very busy by doing up the house. Good for you! I hope the confusion about what is best in terms of treatment will soon clear away and you can look forward to the next step. I must say that you look fabulous in your pictures (that hot pink dress really suits you) and I wish you a happy June!
Mia RCN95-97

Ludovic said...

Bonjour Anne,

Ana m'a dit pour votre état de santé et j'en suis vraiment désolé.
Les mots sont difficiles à trouver dans cette situation... j'aimerai simplement vous dire que j'ai été très heureux de vous rencontrer vous et votre mari Jean-Paul.
J'ai de vous le souvenir d'une femme pleine de joie et de beauté.
Votre Blog est à votre image.
Ana va venir vous voir pour vous soutenir et même si je ne suis pas à ses côtés je penserai à vous le 8Juillet.
Je vous embrasse affectueusement
Ludovic

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