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  • Brian (BREwing) had RPLND today!

    Brian and his wife Loretta came to our house at 5 AM today
    and we got to the Hospital of University of Penna around 5:45AM.
    It is a wonderful hospital!! They cater to the waiting family members
    as much as they do to the patients.

    We were paged a couple of times during the surgery so we could
    be told when the procedure actually started and when Brian was
    being "closed up" and Dr. Malkowicz came to the waiting area around
    11:45 AM to let us know everything was great and the surgery
    went without any surprises. Dr. M said he held the lymph nodes
    in his hand and none of them appeared or felt swollen, but they
    would have to go under the microscope to see if there was any
    invasion. Loretta and I felt much better after we
    spoke with him. We had to wait about 2 1/2 hours while Brian was in
    recovery and by that time, my husband John joined us and we went
    to Brian's room. He actually looked better than we expected and
    said he had no pain from the incision, but the catheter was bothering
    him a little. A resident checked it for him and made sure there was
    no problem. Although he was very sleepy, Brian actually smiled a couple
    of times and remembered a joke I had told him on the way to the
    hospital. We got him set up with a television and phone and left him
    in the able hands of the HUP staff and ESPN.

    As you all can imagine, we are soooo relieved that the surgery is
    over and the lymph nodes don't seem to be loaded with cancer.

    Thanks for all the support so far. I'll keep you up to date on
    his progress. Now, I'm going to have a LARGE vodka and
    Chrystal Light!!!! Good Night!!!

    Last edited by DianeE; 05-13-06, 07:35 AM.

  • #2
    Congratulations. I don't even know how to express how relieved I feel when this operation is done. Enjoy your son and I hope we can meet soon. Nancy and I have decided we would like to meet as mant tc families as possible. My only question is it for us or them. Again many hardy congratulations.
    Last edited by dadmo; 05-12-06, 07:54 PM.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3
      I'm so glad to hear that surgery went well. May Brian recover quickly!
      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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      • #4
        Glad it went well. Speedy recovery, Brian!
        01/16/06 markers at 134 / 117
        01/19/06 right i/o
        01/26/06 diagnosed with 100% embryonal nonseminoma
        2/11/06 AFP at 6.5, HCG below 2
        3/8/06 RPLND; 1 of 21 nodes removed contains cancer
        3/22/06 markers normal; surveillance
        8/23/06 AFP at 13; CT detected nodes in lungs
        9/11/06 3xBEP begins


        • #5
          Loretta and I saw Brian today. When we got to his room,
          he was sitting in a chair. The nose tube was removed this
          morning and the catheter and epidural will be removed at
          4:00 tomorrow AM. No idea why it will be at that time!!

          After he spoke with the pain Doc, the three of us took a walk
          up and down the hallway. Brian said it felt good to walk
          and also said he was hungry, which I thought was a good
          sign. He can't have anything but ice chips until he passes
          gas, then he can have liquids. Didn't help when he saw the
          Pizza Hut commercial on TV!!! When he was in high school,
          he worked at a local Pizza Hut and remembered how he
          used to make the Pizzas!!

          We're keeping our prayers in high gear for Brian and everyone on
          this board. We have different roads to travel, but the destination
          is the same.

          Dadmo, yeah!! We live close to Dianne. We will meet for sure!!!



          • #6
            Ms. Diane, Glad to hear the surgery went well. Maybe now he can get on to total healing and be better in no time. We are 10 months post chemo (Wesley's surveillance thread). If anything else happens the RPLND would be his next step so it's good to hear when TC patients have a good experience with the surgery. I hope everyone in your family is doing well and you guys get home from the hospital soon. April
            Wesley's TC
            90% Embryonal 10% Seminoma
            Stage IIIa
            Treatment: Left I/O 4/11/05
            4XBEP 4/25/05
            08/05 -Surveillance & Many Scans/X-rays


            • #7
              Laparoscopic RPLND?

              Was your sons RPLND done laparoscopically? I'm scheduled for one 5-6-06 and was trying to get an idea of how common it is for it to be done laparoscopically. Thanks.


              • #8
                Just read your post and am so glad everything went seems like chris's RPLND at Sloan was yesterday and it is almost a year....take care and keep us posted...Mary Ellen


                • #9
                  Brian was discharged from the hospital last night around 6 pm.
                  He has a mild bladder infection from the catheter, but
                  everything else seems to be OK. He's slowly getting his appetite
                  back, and he was walking pretty well when we were leaving
                  the hospital. I hope to help out his wife as much as possible as
                  she has a lot to deal with, an infant, a toddler and Brian
                  She's tough as nails, but it is a lot to handle.

                  Hopefully, Brian will be on within a few days and can give you all
                  a first hand account of his experience.

                  A very special thanks to Rusty009 who took time to pay
                  a surprise visit to Brian in the hospital. It was such a nice
                  gesture and was very much appreciated by Brian and his
                  family. Thanks Rusty009!!

                  April, we did have a very good experience with this surgery. It
                  was only a week between the initial consultation with the surgeon
                  and the discharge!! We're very lucky that everything ran so smoothly.

                  Ryan, Brian had the BIG cut for his surgery. You could probably get info
                  on the LRPLND from Scott the moderator. Good luck with it.

                  Hi Mary Ellen, so nice to hear from you. Thanks for your good wishes.

                  Last edited by DianeE; 05-17-06, 07:19 AM.


                  • #10
                    So glad to hear Brian is home.....Mary Ellen


                    • #11
                      Wow, thats great that he's home already!!! So happy to hear that things went well. Sounds like he's well on his way to recovery.

                      Take Care,
                      Diagnosed 10/03/03
                      I/O 10/15/03
                      RPLND 1/21/04
                      Completed the Boston Marathon 4/19/05
                      Completed the Boston Marathon 4/17/06
                      Baby Riley born on 3/29/09

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                      • #12
                        Terrific!!! What a difference a week makes! Dianne
                        Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
                        Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma


                        • #13
                          It's good to hear he's been able to come home so soon. April
                          Wesley's TC
                          90% Embryonal 10% Seminoma
                          Stage IIIa
                          Treatment: Left I/O 4/11/05
                          4XBEP 4/25/05
                          08/05 -Surveillance & Many Scans/X-rays