Hi sisters and brothers,
i am writing this on behalf of my friend who does not speak english. she had soft tissue masses removed in march - rather big, measruing 3.5x1.5x0.5cm for the bigger one and the smaller one is about half the size - on her left hand palm. since the initial diagnosis indicated that was benign so the excision was performed under a "benign tumor protocol".
the tissue masses were then taken for examination and confirmed to be malignant. 1st and 2nd opinion suggested the best option amputation of left hand up from the wrist. reason being that, further operation and chemotherapy would anyway render the hand disabled, and it does not secure a very comfortable chance of preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body. surgeons advised that she must decide in a week or maximum 2 from now.
she is a rather young single working mother, supporting her family. losing a hand is devastating for her. could anyone provide some suggestion? here in hong kong, life is can be very tough if you lose working ability.
is there a way to delay the decision so we can search for and try possible alternative therapies?
is there any new method, alternative medical strategy, she can consider, other than amputation of hand?
i would very much appreciate it if you can provide some useful info or experience.