Spleen removal question

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RE: Spleen removal question

by chatty55 on Thu Mar 31, 2011 07:24 PM

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On Mar 29, 2011 7:37 PM BarbaraAnne wrote:

Hi Cancer Compass Friends,

Is there anyone out there who has had their spleen removed???  (Or knows someone that had it done??)

The doctor wants to remove my Dad's spleen.  It has increased from 17(mm/cm?) to 30 (mm/cm?)  He needs to get strong and eat, but the spleen is crowding up his stomach.

Please say a prayer for my Dad.  - I hope there is a cure soon, for everyone.

Love, hope and prayers,

Barbara Anne

 

Barbara Anne- In response to your question both my parents ironically have had their spleens out for different reasons.  They are more careful with their health and make sure they get pneumonia shots when due which is important.  My father has a blood cancer disease CML and up till now not having a spleen has not caused him infections or poor health.  He is 85.  I would get a 2nd opinion on this but sounds to me that he should have his spleen removed.  Removal for my parents has not been a problem in their health.  Both have many serious health issues.   Good luck and prayers are with you and your dad whatever your decision you come to.

 

Kathy

RE: Spleen removal question

by loriannie on Thu Mar 31, 2011 09:57 PM

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My husband had his spleen removed in Oct 2010.  He has pancreatic cancer and they removed his spleen, gallbladder, pancreas and alot of his stomach.  

RE: Spleen removal question

by nursetina on Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:46 PM

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Hi BarbaraAnne,

I am currently at home recovering from a splenectomy. The cat scan and PET scan both showed metastasis to the spleen, my spleen was slightly enlarged and was creating some low back pain. surgeons were able to do a laparoscopic splenectomy which has made my recovery pretty smooth. The pathology came back showing no cancer but many granulomas and inflamatory tissue. Did my spleen need to be removed? Should a biopsy been done prior to confirm why the PET and CT both showed metastasis? After doing some research(after surg) I found alot of documentation showing that PET scans will pick up on inflamation and infectious disease.I thought they were specific to determine active cancer cells. I'm so happy the patholoy was negative and the low back pain is definitly better.  I;m almost fully recovered and ready to go back to work after 3 weeks and to restart chemo (colon CA with mets to lymph nodes). Maybe a 2nd opinion in your dad's case. Best of luck to you and your Dad. Please feel free to touch base if you have any questions or concerns that I can help with. God Bless, Tina

RE: Spleen removal question

by Jesus_Lives on Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:08 PM

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Hi Barbara,

Does your Dad have cancer in his spleen? Does he have LGL leukemia? Generally a spleen is removed with LGL leukemia when the spleen is inflammed and swollen? What where his original signs that his spleen was bothering him? I have LGL Leukemia and my Doc. always looks for inflammed or swollen spleen. It is very dangerous if it bursts. 

Hugs and prayers, Rose

RE: Spleen removal question

by loriannie on Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:16 AM

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He is still on the chemo,  having problems with digestion and can't seem to put any weight back on.  Hoping when the chemo is done he will do better in that area.  Takes enzymes and also has to take insulin twice a day.  They want to do an endoscopy of his stomach since he is having a lot of pain when he eats and doesn't seem to be taking any nutrition in.  But he is still here and does have some good days. 

Will be praying for your father and your whole family.  Hope and prayers are what keeps us going.  

RE: Spleen removal question

by veggiegal on Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:56 AM

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I had my spleen out over 33 years ago and have had very few issues.  I did get some special vaccines for phenmonia, however.  I am a teacher and subject to TONS of germs and have still done fine. I work out regularly, had three children, and have a very active life style.  Go for it! 

RE: Prayers and advice is needed!!!

by wshaikh22 on Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:25 PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless your father a full and speedy recovery.

 

Best regards,

RE: Spleen removal question

by suddie on Fri Apr 08, 2011 04:41 AM

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HI !  I am glad the subject of the spleen removal came up.  My spleen is 22 cm and my liver 19 cm. I have hairy cell leukemia, which is also rare.  My Doctor told me he was an oncologist but not a hemoligist (sp) I found out in 2004, had chemo, did fine.  In 2009 it came back and I had chemo again.  The Dr. told me the reason my stomach hurts is because of the liver and spleen are pushing on it. He has never taken a bone marrow test. I was taking PET scans every 3 months and my other Dr. (who retired) caught my lung cancer.  I had my upper right lobe removed in 2008 and then I got cancer in my left lower lung.  At least that is what the PET scan and they lung bio said.  I had sugery and most of my left lower lung was removed.  3 months later my Dr. said it was not cancer but an infection that turned gangreen.  I am so tired of surgeries, but if they can do the surgery with the small hole I might concider it.

I am so tired of hurting.

 

Suddie

 

 

RE: Spleen removal question

by karenki on Wed May 11, 2011 09:58 PM

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On Apr 08, 2011 4:41 AM suddie wrote:

HI !  I am glad the subject of the spleen removal came up.  My spleen is 22 cm and my liver 19 cm. I have hairy cell leukemia, which is also rare.  My Doctor told me he was an oncologist but not a hemoligist (sp) I found out in 2004, had chemo, did fine.  In 2009 it came back and I had chemo again.  The Dr. told me the reason my stomach hurts is because of the liver and spleen are pushing on it. He has never taken a bone marrow test. I was taking PET scans every 3 months and my other Dr. (who retired) caught my lung cancer.  I had my upper right lobe removed in 2008 and then I got cancer in my left lower lung.  At least that is what the PET scan and they lung bio said.  I had sugery and most of my left lower lung was removed.  3 months later my Dr. said it was not cancer but an infection that turned gangreen.  I am so tired of surgeries, but if they can do the surgery with the small hole I might concider it.

I am so tired of hurting.

 

Suddie

 

 

Hi Suddie,

I feel your pain, I have had four surgeries due to cancer and have had chemo twice a total of 40 rounds.  I also had my spleen removed, my doctor is currently booking me for my fifth surgery in a few weeks.  I sometimes feel tired of surgeries myself and it can be trying on my faith, but I call on God and he keeps rescuing me everytime.  No one would know I have cancer by watching me or I have been through so much torture.  You have to keep the faith, this surgery is susposed to be the most dangerous one to date due to the location.  Take care and may you be blessed with strength and courage to countinue your battle.

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