lakeswim wrote:Thank you so much for this info. I think my surgeon wants to do my surgery robotically.
Ask him how many he has done! If its only a few dozen vs the number he has done open - that might be an indication as to his experience. My wife's surgeon was a pioneer in the use of robotic procedures and was a teacher to others. He had done several hundred before my wife had hers done. She recovered pretty quickly, and her BM issues had more to do with chemo. But she had colon cancer in the Sigmoid area not rectal so likely not at risk for LARS syndrome.
Unfortunately I think in some instances LAR in some surgeons hands might not be done as skillfully as in others. As with all things cancer related - you do yourself the most service by asking hard questions of your care providers.
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DW 53 dx Jun 2013
CT mets Liver Spleen lung. IVb CEA~110
Jul 2013 Sig Resct
8/13 FolFox,Avastin 12Tx mild sfx, Ongoing 5-FU Avastin every 3 wks.
CEA: good marker
7/7/14 CT Can't see the spleen Mets.
8/16/15 CEA Up, CT new abdominal mets. Iri, 5-FU, Avastin every 2 wks.
1/16 Iri, Erbitux and likely Avastin (Trial) CEA going >.
1/17 CEA up again dropped from Trial, Mets growth 4-6 mm in abdomen
5/2/17 Failed second trial, Hospitalized 15 days 5/11. Home Hospice 5/26, at peace 6/4/2017