I am 2.5 weeks past a hernia repair surgery. I am noticing rectal bleeding which I have not had since prior to my diagnosis 6/9/17. It is bright red, so does not appear to be internal bleeding. There was slight constipation throughout my recovery due to pain pills, but nothing major. This bleeding has me totally panicked. It is such an unpleasant trigger for anxiety because that is what led to my diagnosis. My last colonoscopy was 8/18 and was clear of but with hemerrhoids. <——— hoping that is my answer. I also worry about my colon repair- if it was damaged somehow, since there are still staples in there. So scary.
Have any of you had bleeding throughout your post treatment years that was from a benign cause? It’s like somebody pushed a panic button. Ugh.
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4