I just got out of colonoscopy. They found a new large not file at same site as surgery.
Seriously?! Biopsy sent to pathology. Brain sent to looney bin! I'm freaking out.
What did they find? "new large not file"...? I'm assuming a new tumor?
I am also female and did pre-surgery chemoradiation. To say that radiation only prevents local recurrence isn't really accurrate in my opinion. Local cancer cells, even one cell, can spread to other parts of the body through the blood or lymph system. Why even risk leaving behind one cell if there is something you can do about it? (most Colon cancer patients don't have the option of radiation, but rectal cancer patients do)
I was told by my onc that they are finding that that there is a direct link between response to chemoradiation and survival rates. I researched this and found this to be true. With rectal cancer, a complete response to radiation raises the survival stats to 90 percent regardless of initial staging. I am 3c and was initially told I had a 50 percent chance of recurrence with that stage. I would face any pain or discomfort to have a chance to raise that to 90 percent chance of no recurrence or even a cure! (I still don't know my pathology, I think I will find out next week at my doctor's appt.... but he said it looked like the tumor was dead with mostly just scar tissue left behind... biopsy of tumor site before surgery showed "some abnormal cells" so I'm not sure what counts as "complete response" now if my lymph nodes are clear... ugh!).
I also had problems with enemas... the tumor site blocked it somehow and I could only get about a third of the bottle in.
If you have a new tumor, I'm not sure why there is so much bleeding. I had bleeding before chemoradiation and it stopped about two weeks in. Very odd that your bleeding started at that point unless there is a new tumor further up the colon away from the radiation zone.
I understand your reasons for wanting to stop radiation right now with all this bleeding, but if you can still do it later, I would if I were you! A risk of local recurrence is also a risk of distance recurrence. You don't know where cancer cells will go if they are still in your body. That's the way I see it.
Keep us posted on your progress!
(used to be PainInTheAss... Now should be "Has no Ass"... haha)