February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Only 5 days left on the Chemo Count!
The snow has stopped and the sun is out. Turns out that this storm broke an old record set in 1912 for snow in February. My husband takes a yardstick and measures the snow depth in Hana’s dog run (he’s had to shovel a path for her several times so she doesn’t have to squat in the snow). It measures 17 inches–we need the moisture and it feels like winter again!
The first step on my path of cancer treatment is surgery. Unfortunately, one of the two Kaiser gynecological oncologists (that’s a mouthful) is retiring and they have a lot of cases like mine right now. I’m referred out of network to the University of Colorado Hospital. I’m actually happy with that decision, as I’m directed to a doctor who’s highly regarded in this field nationwide and does research in cancers like mine. Unfortunately, she’s not available for consultation until the last week of August, so we wait again.
After three long weeks, I meet with the oncologist/surgeon. She explains I’ll have a complete hysterectomy (removal of uterus, tubes and ovaries), extensive lymph node sampling and a biopsy from the omentum, a fatty layer of tissue which also needs to be checked for cancer cells. Amazingly, all of this can be done through robotic surgery which is much less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than conventional surgery. Robotic surgery is an extension of laparoscopic surgery, guided by the surgeon and her team using mechanical arms, small instruments and a camera through four or five small abdominal incisions. Instead of a few days in the hospital, the patient can usually go home the day after surgery. I can have the conventional surgery in two weeks, but need to wait three more weeks for the next robotic surgery opening. I decide it’s worth the wait, although the time between my first office visit and surgery will be 2 1/2 months by that time.