I was hoping TAM folks could give me some guidance. My sister was just told she has appendix cancer. Here's how: She sent me a message that she was in the hospital with a ruptured appendix. The MD did surgery and there were no real complications, and she was sent home. The appendix was sent off for lab work and my sister got a call that cancer cells had been found, they would do further lab work and let her know, what if anything was needed.
She was checking her insurance process on line and learned that the MD had scheduled and obtained pre-approval for a partial coloctomy and she panicked. Her doctor's lack of communication makes my blood boil. I asked her what type of cancer, since there are more than one. She had no idea. I asked if she knew the stage or grade of the cancer, again nope. I asked if they were going to schedule a CAT-scan or MRI, and she said no. So I've convinced her to delay any further surgery until she gets more information and can form an actual plan of attack.
From what I've seen this is a fairly rare type of cancer and I'm concerned this small-town surgeon is out of his league.
What questions should she have answered before any surgery?
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