Ok… we spoke to the Dr. and here is the update

First, the surgery took approximately 4 hours.

Here is the good news:

The Dr. said that there were a lot of cancerous tumors and tissue in her abdomen. They found a few malignant tumors which were removed including one on her bowel, but they were removed successfully. Most or all of her tumors were removed successfully. Under normal circumstances, she will/would respond well to chemotherapy over the next several months. And would have 50 – 60% chance to be fully cured.

Here is the bad news:

As the Dr. was feeling and checking each organ, he found 10-15 lesions on her liver. This could be one of 3 things…

1. It’s possible it is something non cancerous caused by a parasite or sickness of some kind. This would be the best scenario but is not likely, considering the quantity of tumors in the abdomen.

2. The most likely is that it is ovarian cancer that has traveled into the liver. This would be very unusual, but the Dr. seems to think that this is most likely, considering that quantity of cancerous tissue in the rest of the abdomen, which is ovarian cancer. In the doctors opinion, there is a 90% probability that this is the case. If in fact it is ovarian cancer in the liver, chemotherapy would be very effective at reducing or removing the cancer, giving her many more years of life.

3. Less likely, but possible, is that the lesions in the liver is some other form of liver cancer. If this is the case, she would have 2 to 3 months to live.

Unfortunately, we will not know which of these scenarios is true until Friday morning, as it will take several days to complete the lab work. The Dr. said that the more visits that she receives over the next several days, the slower her recovery. So, please keep the personal visits short and to a minimum. Phone calls are great, as they will not introduce any bacteria into her environment.

Keep praying and fasting!

We love you all!

-Tom

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4 Responses to Ok… we spoke to the Dr. and here is the update

  1. Ben & Sharon says:

    Glad to hear she made it out of surgery OK. We are hoping for a speedy recovery and praying for scenario #1.

    Love Ben & Sharon

  2. Erin Hester says:

    Praying and praying some more! Love you Tante Ann!

  3. Heidi Holland says:

    Holding the vision of the best case scenario – all of you, especially Anna Mariea, are in my prayers. Sending lots of love your way.

  4. Heather says:

    Please tell her I love her dearly and she is one of the strongest women I know with an amazing attitude. This will take her far, she’s a fighter!
    xoxo

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