Exactly 1 year after pre chemo/radiation and rectum removal...a met showed up on my left lung. Just 1. Within a month I had it removed at Mass General, had my port installed on Cape Cod and am now doing chemo on Cape Cod. My platelets are not liking Folfox! Anyway, when I asked the surgeon at MG what happened if more mets came back, he said he probably could do more VAT surgery. He seemed confident that he could do maybe 5.
Be aware that in Europe they tend to keep you for days and days in the hospital. I was in the hospital in Austria for my first surgery. It was summer and extremely hot. No a/c. Maybe this was part of my cause of infection. I was in the hospital almost 60 days! No WiFi, no TV and 4-6 patients in a room. If you are considering Europe, just be aware it could go longer. I did have excellent care there...not that I always understood what was going on because of the language issue. I was in one of the best colo rectal hospitals...in Graz. A city of 300,000. And they had maybe 5 parking spots! My experience is that European hospitals do not generally have the "frills" that USA hospitals have. Going to the lab to have my blood taken was always an ordeal. I was so sick and there were only about 6 chairs up there and everyone had to stand out in the hallway...often times about 45 minutes! I went to a few different hospitals for various things. But, they are leading edge. My OBGYN here was very pleased with my radiation sites. Said it looked very good and he has seen so many bad situations. And, no atoms even though they had to cut into sphincter muscles.
Where ever you go, it is a big decision. Lots to think about. Hugs.
Diag Feb 5, 2016 Age 45
3 cm tumor 5 cm from verge
Radiation + Xeloda pills - 3000mg 5x week
March 14 - April 16 - 25 sessions
Tumor shrunk just over 50% Lymph nodes 0/13
Operation to remove rectum with temp Ileo June 17
Reversal July 20 due to infection
Acute hepatitis August. Chemo cancelled
June to September 2016 - 58 days in hospital
June 16, MRI shadow in lung
Pet scan - 6.6mm Met in Upper right lobe
July 30 VAT surgery Mass General/Boston
August 24 port installed
August 30 Folfox