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[cancer] Post-operative followup and what comes next

Today calendula_witch and I met with the surgical oncologist for a post-operative followup. In summary, everything is fine. In detail…

The lesion that was believed to be a colon cancer metastasis was in fact a “mild steatosis, negative for malignancy”. Which is to say a fat deposit with no cancer cells lurking within. We talked about why it presented on the scans as a metastasis, but there’s no solid answers to that. I know the surgeon was uncomfortable with having resected what they characterized as a perfectly healthy liver, but there was no real alternative given what we believed at the time. From my perspective, I’ve traded nine months of chemotherapy and recovery time for four weeks of surgery and post-op recovery.

We talked about the sense of relief I feel, like a reprieve from prison. They were very sympathetic.

The surprise of the day was when I looked at the surgical pathology report and found that my gall bladder had been removed. I don’t recall discussing the gall bladder pre-operatively, nor was it mentioned after the fact. the surgical oncologist looked embarrassed and said, “sometimes I forget to tell people that”. Apparently this is routine for a liver resectioning. So, no more gall for me.

I have a follow-up CT scan on 10/25, along with an appointment with my medical oncologist that day to put a wrap on this episode and establish my future monitoring plan. I have a final appointment with the surgical oncologist in February to clear me post-operatively.

And that is about it. Now I can go on with my life. At least for a while longer.

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