Thursday, May 7, 2009

It's done, he did great!

Its 10:00 am, we just got out of conference with Dr. Curley, Courtney's surgeon. In his words, "He did great, he's just not totally with the program yet." (smile). He removed 20% of his liver, one large tumor that was in his left lobe,  a small tumor in his right lobe, and did an ablation (froze) one other small tumor. This one actually looked like it was just scar tissue, but he got rid of it just in case. He took some biopsies from different areas in the gut that were scarred after chemo. They will run tests on these to help determine the next course of treatment, more chemo, more surgery, etc. Preliminary tests on these should be ready in a few days. Dr. Curley said he hardly bled at all, so he didn't even have to put a drain in his belly.

He already has his breathing tube out and we are waiting to see him in recovery. He has a couple of methods for pain control. The first is a PCA, which will deliver pain medication when he hits a button. He also has a pump that is delivering constant numbing medication into his abdomen at the incision site.

Many people have asked how to contact Courtney here and where to send cards. The address here is as follows...

MD Anderson
To: Courtney Hanson (patient)
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030-4009

They will deliver these to him. As soon as we have a room number I will send it out. They have said he may go to a regular room today since he did so well. We will find out after he is more awake.

Thank you all for your prayers and comments! 



Linds said...

So glad to hear the good news! Will let everyone know the contact information here at work. Thank you Ashley.

Bob & Teresa said...

Thank you so much for the update...we are so elated to hear the good news! Give him a big old mushy kiss and hug from us! Will continue to watch for updates.

Love you guys!
Bob and Teresa

Dave and Jo said...

Great news. I have been keeping mom updated with the info on the blog. She sends her love and we send ours.