Well, I had my post op appointment today at Liverpool Royal.
My nurse, Sarah, took my dressing off and I was able to see the scar. It wasn’t how I imagined it – it is a neat slice and is healing well. My Chandra is extremely pleased with the way it is healing. Sarah redressed the wound and hopefully this can come off next week.
The tumour has been fully removed from my leg! It was a mixed sarcoma and this is quite common with sarcomas in this area.
It was 31cm long and weighed 3.5kg/7.7lbs!! It’s hard to believe that I was walking around with a tumour the size of a baby!
Anyway now for the science bit, it was a grade 3 sarcoma – which is the highest grade. Grade 3 means that the cells are actively dividing and high risk of spreading. Luckily the tumour has been removed in its entirety.
Along with my tumour, Mr Chandra removed my vastus lateralis muscle and over half of my intermedius muscle. My rectus muscle is also weakened as a result. My medialus muscle is working, so out of a possible four muscles in my thigh, I only have one fully functioning – no wonder I can’t lift my leg!
There is a 1 in 5 chance of sarcoma returning to the original location. To reduce this risk, Mr Chandra would like me to see a Radiotherapy Specialist to see if I can have this treatment – there are usually risks to doing this treatment on a large area and my scar is approx 50cm. I will have an MRI scan on my leg in 12 months to see if there has been any reoccurrence of the cancer.
There 1 in 6 chance of this returning but in my lungs. I will need to have CT scans on my chest every 12 weeks for the next two years.
This is a huge step in the right direction and I am both emotional and happy today.
I saw this picture today on Sabrina’s Facebook and thought it was rather fitting….