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8 years 8 months ago #35947 by ginagrothe
Pat, I just messaged you. Take a look and tell me what you think.
Thanks :)
Gina

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8 years 8 months ago #35945 by Patricia
Gina,
Are you with Dr. Mark Soloway at U of Miami? He a top man in the field.
Otherwise get out of florida.
Contact Johns Hopkins and Dr. Mark Schoenberg..#1 in Urology
http://urology.jhu.edu/markschoenberg/index.php
he has an email address...write him.
pat

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8 years 8 months ago #35939 by LeeH
When they take lymph nodes they just take some of them, not all. I can see where the chemo would be useful, if it can get the lymph nodes cleared before surgery.

Lee

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8 years 8 months ago #35913 by ginagrothe
Hello all, I really appreciate those of you who have given feedback so far.

My father has gone through 3 weeks of chemo so far and has stage 4 bladder cancer, in bladder and lymph. He met with Dr. today from University of Miami for review and to hopefully have his surgery scheduled. The Dr. told him that he will not do surgery if the cancer is in his lymph....the chemo has to rid the cancer in the lymph before he can do surgery. "He wouldnt put him through surgery because the cancer will just come back if it is in his lymph"

I thought during surgery they remove bladder, prostate and lymph??? Not according to this Dr. I even asked the oncologist last week and she said they remove bladder and lymph nodes.

We were also told by the oncologist that if the chemo is not affective and his cancer is resistent to it, the surgery will be scheduled sooner. I am really confused at this point and I think my Father is too! I dont understand, they would let the cancer keep growing?? When I asked about radiation during our visit with the oncologist last week, she said no radiation because the area will be too inflamed for surgery. I just dont know if we should have him go somewhere else...this just seems odd. Someone please help.

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