Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer
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Not good news.

scarlatti's surgery was earlier this evening. I just took a call from Greg.

The news is not good. In fact, it's spectacularly bad. There are (were?) many masses throughout the abdomen -- on almost all available surfaces. There were pockets of loose fluid roaming free in the abdominal cavity, which simply isn't supposed to happen. The surgeon tells us that he thinks that the cancer's been there a loooooong time. They've performed a major resection, rather than the limited exercise they'd planned, and have removed a section of small intestine and the whole of the ascending and transverse colon. They'll be keeping the path lab busy for some considerable time, I suspect. Greg asked the surgeon about further surgery later, and as far as I understand it, got a reply along the lines of "there's not much point". They're keeping her sedated overnight and will wake her in the morning. She may get offered chemotherapy later. We don't know yet if it's spread beyond the abdominal cavity. Greg asked about the long-term prospects, and the surgeon explicitly refrained from making any predictions at all.

Executive summary? fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck
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