northern light 2011 wrote: I may be incorrect here but I believe the T staging refers to the depth the tumour has penetrated through the rectal / colon wall? If so, The one thing I have not been able to establish whilst reading your posts is whether you were initially diagnosed as a Stage 1, 2 or 3. i.e. did the scans show any involvement or suspected involvement with the lymph nodes?
Terry wrote:Dan, barring anything else, you should feel pretty good in about six months, maybe even less. I had a TAE March of 08' and had a little problem with control, but it's much better now. It's the energy that's the hardest to get back and it did take six months give or take a couple of weeks.
Enjoy your life:)
I don't understand why your rad onc needs to see you. Personally, that seems quite unnecessary and, were I in your shoes, I wouldn't go to anymore of those appts. What does he/she do that your surgeon (who I presume is the one scoping you) doesn't???? Certainly, it is your call, but I seriously doubt that the rad onc, at this point, one year+ out from your radiation treatments (and in August 18 months out) will do anything more or has anything more to offer than what your surgeon does. Have you asked your surgeon whether he/she feels this 'extra' appt to be truly necessary?? I can only give you my experience, but after I was done with radiation, I never went back to the rad onc.
As you said, you sound like, between the surgeon and the onc, you have all the bases covered. Again, only my opinion, but unless you are having issues directly related to the radiation itself, I would just cancel any future rad onc appts and stick with the onc (blood work) and surgeon (scoping).
Don't mean to come off like a b**ch & I apologize if I have offended you. Glad to hear that all of your tests have been scheduled for the rest of the year & glad to hear that you're doing so well.
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