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Old 09-23-2010, 11:06 AM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A Canadian woman is the first patient to undergo an operation in which doctors cut her body in half to remove a tumor—and survive.

Janis Ollson, 31, was pregnant with her second child and doctors assumed her intense back pain was just a typical symptom of pregnancy.

FOXNews.com - Woman
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:32 PM
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I don't get it.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:51 PM
Location: St. Louis
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That was not a first. I worked at a hospital in Columbia, MO back in the early 80's when they performed a hemicorporectomy there. In this case, the patient had diabetes that was poorly controlled and they kept chopping off a little more of her legs until there was no more leg left and then she got decubitus ulcers (bed sores) and it got so infected that they had to remove that part of her body. She lived, maybe 3 days after that. I remember that practically every doc in town tried to get into the OR to see the surgery performed.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Location: Great Plains
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Originally Posted by ray34iyf View Post

I don't get it.
What don't you get?

It appears the doctors here had the best idea. I am certain it would be far better than any idea you'd ever be able to come up with.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:06 PM
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That's amazing. It is so hard to believe that a cancer as aggressive as that and the cells had not migrated throughout her body but that they actually call her "cancer-free".
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:41 AM
Location: NJ
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This version is better - Miracle mom: Mayo surgeons cut her in half, cleared out her cancer 9/18/2010 Going to copy a few key parts.

As far as being "cancer free" - it hasn't shown in any tests yet. Greece has better blood tests; so who knows. This has given her 3 years with her kids.

Three years ago, the 31-year-old was pregnant with her second child and had been suffering years of horrible back pain when Canadian doctors diagnosed her with bone cancer, chondrosarcoma.

Sarcoma experts in Toronto said they'd literally have to cut her in half to get at the untreatable cancer, remove her leg, lower spine and half her pelvis.

..Today, she's cancer-free, although she lives with the knowledge it could return at any time.

..."I had pain in my lower back with the first pregnancy. I just thought it was the pregnancy, as did my doctors." She had to stop working when she was eight months pregnant because of the pain.

"After my daughter was born, I still struggled, but it seemed to get better...

"A few years later, I got pregnant with my son. The pain started to increase. I was waddling and hurting by three months."

At five months, the pain was so intense she couldn't work at her office job.

The non-smoker, who wouldn't take any medications or even dye her hair during her first pregnancy, was at the maximum dose of Tylenol 3 during that agonizing second pregnancy.

"Nothing was working."

At seven months, the pain was so bad she couldn't drive.

...Her husband took her to hospital in Winnipeg and she refused to leave until she was admitted. A specialist and residents saw her and concluded she had pregnancy sciatica -- caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. They prescribed morphine to dull the pain enough for her to sleep.

..Two weeks later, after her healthy son, Leiland, was delivered by C-section Feb. 21, 2007, the needle biopsy was performed.
...It was only after she travelled to Toronto for a biopsy that it was confirmed: a chondrosarcoma, the size of a Pizza Pop, one of the largest the experts had ever seen.

Chemotherapy and radiation couldn't help. The cancer had spread through several bones, her pelvis, lower spine and into a lot of muscle tissue. Her only chance for survival was to remove it.
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