New to this thing called colon cancer

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New to this thing called colon cancer

Postby Valkara » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:46 pm

I was diagnosed this past April and have had 28 days of radiation. I currently am scheduled for surgery this Tuesday the 7th of November. scared and feeling alone.
My main question is being left with a two inch rectum and having this bag until I can get the plumbing reconnected to function in a more normal manner.
Can anyone tell me the length of the rectum that they have and issue that me be in having only two inches.

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Re: New to this thing called colon cancer

Postby Bev G » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:29 pm

Hello and welcome to the board.

I had colon, not rectal, cancer so I can't really speak to your question regarding residual length of your rectum. I can reassure you though that there are many folks on this forum who have/had rectal cancer so you will have plenty of people to get advice and support from. I know just from reading here for many years that there are many things that can be done to deal with your new shortened rectum.

Good luck with your upcoming surgery.

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Re: New to this thing called colon cancer

Postby NHMike » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:06 am

I had surgery last week and have a temp ileostomy right now and I’m getting used to it. My distance to the anal verge was 5.1 cm which is not that far from two inches. The surgeon said that things went well so I assume I have enough sphincter muscle remaining to function when it’s reversed. The surgeon will make the final decision during surgery on temp vs permanent.

Is that what you were asking or were you asking about the level of functionality after the reversal. I’m not there yet so I can’t comment.
6/23/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/13: Stage 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/31-9/8: Xeloda 3,400 mg/day+radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4
10/6: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/30: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
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Re: New to this thing called colon cancer

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:16 am

I hope your surgery went well!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17

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