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Re: [MOL] Another sad phone call of cancer



Thanks, Chris:  That's the image I'm holding onto as well.  The doctor
thinks it's a tumor because it's so large, I guess.  I'm waiting to hear
right now.  I'll post and let everyone know.  In the meantime, fingers
crossed, okay?  Kathy
-----Original Message-----
From: CCR0417@AOL.COM <CCR0417@AOL.COM>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Another sad phone call of cancer


>In a message dated 1/27/99 7:20:31 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>justbear@email.msn.com writes:
>
>>
>>  Thank you, Chris.  Jerry went to the doctor this afternoon -- the
>>  proctologist.  He thinks it's a tumor.  He (Jerry) has a CT scan at 6:00
>>  a.m. tomorrow, and outpatient surgery at 10:00.  Please keep your
fingers
>>  crossed.  This HAS to be diverticulitus!  I'm so selfish -- I don't know
>>  what I'd do!! Kathy
>Kathy, what makes him suspect a tumor?  My father was convinced his sudden
and
>very severe rectal bleeding was colon cancer.  He thought his back pain was
>"spinal" (bone) cancer.  And when he had to get a 2nd cat scan done, he was
so
>sure he had prostate cancer.  What he is, is terrified of more cancer and I
>can't blame him.
>
>But the rectal bleeding turned out to be - from my information - a combo
>problem between the chemo and burst thingamajigs---polyps.  My stepmother
has
>diverticulitis and has had surgery for that too.  The poor woman has had
>surgery a/o treatments for nearly every ailment known to mankind: liver
>disease, colon problems, and heart disease stemming from childhood scarlet
>fever.
>
>I guess this isn't turning out to sound as optimistic as I planned it to
be,
>but what I'm trying to say is that I will hold onto a positive image of
that
>doctor telling Jerry, "it's not what we thought, it's only......and
>correctible with......."
>Chris
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