ldsell01 wrote:VodKanockers I am reading your post about blood in the stool. What ever happened? I was diagnosed rectal stage 1 May 2017. LAR July 2017, reversal 9/23/17. Been having blood in stool off and on. I am worried, but surgeon doesn't seem concerned. Since your bleeding occurred a year later I was just wondering how you are and if it resolved.
I’ve actually been thinking about getting some more advice here lately since I still experience bleeding from time to time. I did go in to see my surgeon last August to discuss with him, and he scoped me during the visit. His explanation on the bleeding was that it was most likely due to radiation proctitis. He didn’t seem too concerned but wanted to see me again for a follow up after 6 months. I am going to set the appointment up next week.
It doesn’t happen that often, maybe a dozen times over the last few months, but it still concerns me when I see the blood, especially when I see a small pool of blood sitting on top of the stool. Something that makes me feel a little less anxious - I just got the latest results from a blood draw last week and CEA was about where it usually is (.9). Although my hematocrit level has been steadily dropping, I need to check with my onc on that (probably a topic for another post).
So, I’ll try to check back in after I meet my surgeon again and report back what I learn from him.