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Cheering on Candy
10/7/2016 Latest post:
In May 2016, Candy had her routine colonoscopy. The doctors had found three (3) polyps and were able to remove the first two (2). The third one was located higher up in the colon and had attached to part of her small intestine. Dr. Ezi-Ashi didn't feel that it was safe for him to get this and we were sent to Dr. Brozovich at UPMC Passavant. On September 26, 2016, Candy was at UPMC Passavant to have a colonoscopy to remove the polyp. Upon removing the polyp, the doctor felt that the surgery was a success and he did not see any abnormalities. However, our world was forever changed on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:07am when the call came in that the pathology revealed cancer of the colon (colorectal) cancer. Dr. Brozovich was very diligent in getting a plan in order. She had blood work on Friday and then on Monday, October 3, 2016, she had her CT Scan to see if the cancer had spread, as well as an EKG for her heart. Another wait for two days! We met with Dr. Brozovich and his surgical team on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8am. IF we had any GOOD NEWS~to be possible, it was the fact that they didn't see any noticeable areas on the CT Scan to suggest that the cancer had spread. Colon cancer spreads to the lungs and liver. Both will be rechecked in the next three months, post surgical. BAD NEWS~The EKG showed an abnormality and surgery was put on hold until she could be cleared by a cardiologist. That was not possible in the Hermitage area. Dr. Brozovich was able to get a fellow colleague at UPMC to see her on Thursday, October 6, 2016. This resulted in another trip to Pittsburgh to meet with the cardiologist, Dr. Schouchoff. They repeated the EKG and completed an echocardiogram. All showed well and the doctor laughed that her heart had to be the "best, most functional part" of her~ a laugh well needed. She was cleared for surgery!! Surgery is scheduled for 9am on Friday, October 7, 2016~ 9 days after diagnosis...