Hi, found this site yesterday and the wealth of information here so far has been amazing, I feel like I understand everything much better now so thank you so much.
Dad got hospitalised with a bowel obstruction two weeks ago. Unfortunately he was working abroad at the time in Dubai, hence I can't really talk to the doctors or know anything other than what he passes on as 2nd hand info. He did send me this pathology report that I'm trying to make sense of though. They did a colonoscopy and confirmed it, but decided against neoadjuvant chemo in favour of just getting the mass out ASAP. Not sure if that's good or not but based on what they're saying they think they got all of it out and he's recovered from surgery super quickly and is feeling great. They haven't given a stage or anything though.
As far as the pathology report goes, the tumour looks like it was a big one and maybe went all the way to the abdominal wall, making it a T4b? From what I've read that's usually a pretty poor sign so that's worrying. On the other hand, it only being in 1/11 lymph nodes should be pretty positive right? I'm really not sure what to think in his case. I'm mostly worried about this whole business with it reaching his abdominal wall and penetrating the peritoneal layer...seems like that can lead to a rough prognosis. Overall looking at a stage IIIC from what I can tell?
Other than that he's 65 but in amazing shape, no other health issues, very good heart, goes to the gym regularly. The docs want to start him on 6 months chemo (Think it's FOLFOX), and radiation after that. I'm just trying to find out if this whole situation is positive or not...some of the stuff I've read about IIIC and T4b tumours seems extremely scary in terms of prognosis.
Thanks so much for this community being here, it's already been such a massive help.