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Stage 4 bowel cancer

Bear G

Zap Time! Update 😃

Well it had to happen eventually. After 4 years, I have the first significant recurrence of the cancer.

Well, recurrence may be the wrong word. One of the dots that was left on my lung has grown in the last few months. It's not large, only 1cm, but needs dealing with.

So, I'll be going into hospital for Radio Frequency Ablation on 24 May.

For those of you who believe in fate that's exactly 4 years to the day since my diagnosis. It's also maintaining my 'every other May' trend!
May 2013 – cancer diagnosis
May 2015 – hit by flying Porsche
May 2017 – cancer recurrence.
Next year I'll be bulletproof!!

My oncologist reassures me that this is a small procedure and the I'll be in hospital for only 1 or 2 nights. I'd be really keen to hear of any experience the forum has with lung ablation and if there are any tips that can help.

Big hugs
Bear
:x::x:

Bear G

Thank you again for all the lovely comments and yes @mem , you were spot on 😃

The procedure was actually fairly straightforward as I only have one active met at the moment, towards the bottom of my right lung. I was given a general anaesthetic then positioned in the CT scanner inside the theatre. There wasn't even a small incision, they inserted a needle into the tumour and then pushed the laser wire in through that, it was all guided by the CT scanner.

Afterwards I was bed bound for 4 hours to minimise the risk of a collapsed lung, this was really difficult as I was quite disoriented from the anaesthetic and the room as so warm, but once I was able to move around it was all plain sailing.

I've had to take it easy physically for a few days and now don't even have a tweak when I cough or sneeze. I've been woozy from the anaesthetic for a few days too but that seems to have passed.

Science has advanced so much to help us hasn't it?!

Next thing is a follow up CT in 6 weeks.

Thanks again for all your lovely messages.

Big hugs
Bear
:x::x:

MaggieMae

So pleased it went well for you. Hugs xx

Quote from @Bear G:
Thank you again for all the lovely comments and yes @mem , you were spot on 😃

The procedure was actually fairly straightforward as I only have one active met at the moment, towards the bottom of my right lung. I was given a general anaesthetic then positioned in the CT scanner inside the theatre. There wasn't even a small incision, they inserted a needle into the tumour and then pushed the laser wire in through that, it was all guided by the CT scanner.

Afterwards I was bed bound for 4 hours to minimise the risk of a collapsed lung, this was really difficult as I was quite disoriented from the anaesthetic and the room as so warm, but once I was able to move around it was all plain sailing.

I've had to take it easy physically for a few days and now don't even have a tweak when I cough or sneeze. I've been woozy from the anaesthetic for a few days too but that seems to have passed.

Science has advanced so much to help us hasn't it?!

Next thing is a follow up CT in 6 weeks.

Thanks again for all your lovely messages.

Big hugs
Bear

Lady GT

That's great news @Bear G and your experience will take a lot of worry away from others who are facing this procedure.
Remember not to do too much too soon, even though you feel well. I know, I know ... something about your grandmother and sucking eggs?
:x:

DianeS

So pleased all has gone well @Bear G. Procedures are amazing now, and there is so much more that is done to help you get through them as easily as possible. Rest up now and best of luck for your next scan. Big hugs D :x::x::x::x::x:

steve707

Please that all went well @Bear G, take it easy and have a good rest:D:D

lynn collier

Hope yr okay bear :x::x:

Trinity

Good news @Bear G look after yourself :x::x::x:

Bridget55

@Bear G Thanks for sharing the experience. Take it easy and good luck for scan in July. Bridget :x:

Swanseacat

Hoping all is ok :x::x:

jean

Glad it went well @Bear G :x::x::x:

Sparrow

@Bear G, I'm so happy to read that your procedure went well and that you are on the road to recovery. Get well soon. Well done :x::x::x:

CD1966

Just great to hear you on such terrific form after the ablation @Bear G !

Purple kangaroo

Really pleased to hear your updated @Bear G I hope your recovery continues to be plain sailing :x::x:

caz81

Glad it went well @Bear G :)

Bashful

Oh my goodness, Steve!
I went through waves of different emotions just then!
Shocked, on first reading your OP. Then desperately, scrolling backwards speed reading past responses. RELIEF! To read that you'd posted so soon after an op. ELATED! That you'd turned it into a mere blip !
PHEW!
I need to go and lie down now.
Stay well, @Bear G
Just me,
Dan

Bear G

Thank you Dan
I still can't get used to your new nickname @Bashful !!

Sean

That is Something! Is this a new method of treatment? Glad to hear you're doing well @Bear G

Jorton

Hope recovery is going well @Bear G ?

Bear G

Alls great thanks @Jorton , in fact I'm aiming to get back to the gym on Monday! All smiles here 🤓
:x::x:

Jorton

That's great news. 👍🏼