Emalia went in to surgery this morning and an hour later Dr. Poultsides, her liver surgeon came and found us. When he made his first incision, he found 3 cancerous nodules in the lining of her abdomen, the peritoneum. This indicated the cancer was more invasive than previously thought.
Dr. Poultsides called in the colon surgeon, Dr. Shelton, to consult. They both agreed that the addition of a fourth organ with cancerous nodules present (colon, liver, lung, and now abdomen lining) indicated that removing the tumors in the liver and colon would compromise Emalia’s quality of life more than benefit her.
When Emalia learned this hard news, in her ever-present graciousness, she thanked Dr. Poultsides for trying to help her.
Emalia’s stay in the hospital will be much shorter than planned, probably 3-4 days. We will meet with the Stanford oncologist during this time and assess next steps.
We thank you all for your support and kindness. We are all processing this hard news and will put more information on the blog as soon as we know next steps.