My surgery was 9hrs... they were closing things up when the initial path report came back showing dirty margins. So they went back in an removed a bit more ... clean margins the 2nd time around.
Yep, the wasn't fun but it's still infinitely better than cancer. Soon enough it'll all be a distant, mildly unpleasant, memory.
One note of hope: I dreaded the ileostomy reversal surgery because I was sure I'd have another 2wk, Ileus related, hospital stay. Nope, stuff was a' flowin' in less than 12 hrs and I went home 48hrs after surgery. So, past performance doesn't predict future results.
DX at 45yo 6/9/16, 2.4cm tumor, 9cm from Anal Verge, 6/27/16
Clinical staging IIIC, CEA 3.1 7/1/16
30x Chemorad 8/5/16 - 9/16/16
CT/MRI/Scope => CCR 11/1/16... Rolling the dice on Watch & Wait
Snake Eyes: Tiny regrowth at scar 11/1/17
LAR 1/17/18: Path = 3mm tumor, 0/12 nodes Med Onc doesn't recommend chemo.