I have had my first appointment with MD Anderson.
My doctor is Michael Frumovitz ... I have a hard time saying his last name - so, he is "Dr. Michael" to me :-) ... We like him a lot. He is a good balance of being serious, but making us laugh. Looking forward to having him as my doctor.
Appointment was September 11, 2012 ... I had 2 pelvic exams - one by the intern, and one by Dr. Michael. Blood work was done. Chest x-rays were taken.
Dr. Michael said that if uterine cancer spreads beyond the uterus, the first place it goes is to the lungs. Said he didn't think that had happened yet, but he wanted a picture to see, and to use as future reference.
Next appointments ...
September 26 - 1:15 p.m. MRI
September 27 - 8 a.m. - Visit with Dr. Michael, pre-op. Blood work. Meet with genetic researcher.
September 28 - surgery. Total hysterectomy including removing the tubes and ovaries. I will be a "crone" when I wake up! :-) Yes!!! Color me HAPPY!!! LOL
...the only question at this point on the surgery? Will they take the lymph nodes out as well.
Dr. Michael said that during surgery, while I am asleep and open, they will send a section of the uterus to pathology. If path comes back with 50% or less invasive cancer to the uterine wall, then the surgery will be over. If path comes back with 50% or more invasive cancer to the uterine wall, then he will remove the lymph nodes and surrounding tissues. We wait ... we pray.
Dr. Michael also said that I will be in the hospital for 4 or 5 days (at least) after surgery. Because this is a more major type of hysterectomy. Not only is it a cancer hysterectomy, but he has to go thru my belly - full opened. He said that my uterus is enlarged, and I have more than one fibroid tumor about the size of a large orange. And while he is in there, he said he would take a look for scar tissue from when I had my appendix out in the 6th grade.
Pray for me please.
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
You can read it here