Devastated wrote:Same boat over here!! I had stage four colon cancer with liver mets. Had a partial resection of my colon, chemo and then followed a liver resection. I've been in remission for over four years to have had a very recent colonoscopy come back with new high grade dysplasic polyps recent and was told I need a full colectomy and rectal removel or I will get a new colon cancer and die.
weisssoccermom wrote:I would ask the doctor to postpone the endoscopy for another week or two (max) to allow your husband's insides more time to heal. I know of a few people whose doctors did biopsies that early and said it was extremely uncomfortable. My surgeon was adamant that NO DRE, no scopes no NOTHING for at least 7-8 weeks as most people have some internal damage from the radiation.
As you can see from my signature, I had a TE almost 7 years ago and am doing fine today. It is not considered standard of care and most (even my surgeon was in this group initially) will proceed with either the LAR or the APR.....even for the stage I patient. Like your husband, I also did chemo in between my chemorad and my surgery.....5.5 months of Xeloda. Explore all your options and make sure that whatever he decides he is totally comfortable with it.
FYI - while the biopsy might show no cancer cells on the surface, without something initially like an excision (which is full thickness), there is no way to be certain that there aren't cancer cells in the rectal wall. My point is that a biopsy only tells a small story about what is/isn't going on in the rectum.
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