Symptoms of local recurrence?

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Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby Violet » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:07 am

Hi guys,

My husband is 2 years out from an ultra low anterior resection for rectal cancer (T2NO) no lymphovascular or perineural invasion. He had surgery alone at the recommendation of the surgeon and two oncologists as it was stage one and didn’t need to be shrunk with chemo or radiotherapy preoperatively. He’s had five days of bladder symptoms- urgency/pain when is bladder is full. He saw our local doctor who ruled out a urinary tract infection as the cause and as it happens, we already have an appointment this week with his surgeon for routine follow-up. All his CT scans and CEAs have been normal so far although it’s 9 months since his last CT abdo/pelvis.

I guess I’m wondering what symptoms other people had of local recurrence or whether anyone has had bladder problems like this as a side effect of surgery?

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Re: Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby O Stoma Mia » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:49 am

I never had a local recurrence, but my surgeon told me that if I were to have one, it would probably occur in the first two years after surgery.
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Re: Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:45 am

I hope you get answers soon!*hugs* I hope your husband feels better soon!*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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Re: Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby aja1121 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:51 pm

My husband had local recurrence of his rectal cancer. Symptoms were strong urge to have a bowel movement without anything coming out, and pain in his tailbone.
05/23/14 DH dx Stage 3B rectal ca (age 41)
6/2014 chemorad | 10/2014 LAR, all nodes clean
FOLFOX x 10 | VATS/lung met | ileo reversal
09/15 local recurrence
10/15 colostomy
11/15 FOLFIRI x 4, major growth
02/16 tumor debulked
Stable ten months on Xeloda/Avastin
Growth on clinical trials NCT02024607 (BBI608 + FOLFIRI), NCT02817633 (anti-PD-1 + anti-TIM-3), NCT03175224 (c-Met inhibitor)
09/27/2018 started hospice
02/07/19 died

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Re: Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby Violet » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:44 pm

Thanks for your replies. We saw the surgeon yesterday and he wasn’t sure what to make of it. Maybe adhesions on his bladder causing symptoms? .... he said recurrence usually presents with deep rectal pain/bleeding/change in bowel habit.

He had a kidney ultrasound which showed his prostate is slightly enlarged and his bladder wasn’t emptying completely on the first attempt but no masses in the pelvis. Now just waiting to hear if he should have another CT (last one four months ago was clear).

It’s hard not to be stressed by even mild symptoms after two years of no problems..

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Re: Symptoms of local recurrence?

Postby Swirdfish » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:33 pm

Change in bowel habit.. I dont think my bowels have any sort of norm after surgery. Lol.
06/2016 Went in for colonoscopy came out with a tumor. Age 35
12cm from verge at junction. Rectal cancer.
Clinical stage T3 NO MO
Temp illestomy
Completed 5FU and Radiation
LAR surgery planned 13 Oct 2016
Completed ULAR surgery 11-10-2016.
0/22 nodes
pT3 N0 M0 R1
Stage 2A

Pathology reviewed and changed
ypT3 N0 M0 R0

Started folfox 21-11-2016
5-4-17 NED
Reversal 12-4-17

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