Any tips about Cytoreductive, debulking Surgery?
I have been referred for cytoreductive/debulking surgery (at Mayo Jacksonville) because my scans show unexpected, fairly significant progression of the disease. I meet with the surgeon, Dr. Bagaria, next Tuesday, Nov. 21, for a consult. The recommendation by Dr. Starr is that I have the primary tumor in ileum removed along with any other a affected areas in small bowel and lymph nodes, removal of enlarging peritoneal tumor(s) that are pressing on my liver causing pretty intense pain, and a full hysterectomy because tumors in ovaries are growing. Obviously, this is an incredibly major surgery – 3 parts all in one, as I see it – and I am scared. What suggestions do any of you have for important questions I should ask the surgeon next Tuesday? I’m swimming in shock (this progression was truly unexpected by all of us) and just trying to maintain some ‘control’ over anything that I can, which right now seems to be the planning and preparation for appointments and eventually this surgery. Thank you for any recommendations.