Thank you for sharing your history. It puts it in a better perspective for me.
I thought the ultrasound would designate the area for the FNA? How does that work when the ultrasound comes back positive for cancer and the FNA does not? This is probably why I had a hard time interpreting the pathology report. I just asked my PCP to go over it with me next week.
Yeah, I can see that if the cancer came back, I could potentially be in a dangerous predicament. My radiation oncologist has told me I have received the maximum amount of radiation for that location in my body.
Yes, I am certainly aware of the QoL with the LAR and the syndrome. That's why I am trying to avoid the radical treatment. I met with my surgeon this past Friday to go over the details once again for my surgery. Also, it was another opportunity for him to specify how much of my rectum he would take (2/3). He also said the surgery won't affect my prostate due to the location of the excision.
I haven't asked any of my doctors yet if I could do W&W. I have asked if there was anything else we could do, but they said no. Why wouldn't a TAE be an option now? I didn't see anywhere on my pathology or MRI the depth of the tumor at its current reduced state. My original MRI from 1/07/20 listed the tumor has 3mm beyond the rectal wall.
Thanks for the insight, Eric
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