My husband is 43 and is almost 3 weeks post low anterior resection (LAR)for rectal cancer located in upper 3rd. They were able to reattach, so no colostomy at this point. I am an RN so I understand medical jargon and tend to use it. What I would like to know, and have not seen discussed thus far from what I have read, is about side effects following radiation. Radiation is not part of the follow up for colon cancer, but is for rectal cancer due to the possibility of local recurance near the original site. My husband is (right now) a stage III with 3 of 12 nodes positive. He has a PET on Jan 2 for staging, so we do not know if there are any mets in the liver and are praying there are not any. The oncologist is suggesting Xeloda for him.
My husband's fear is about sexual health and side effects following radiaiton. He has read that there are a lot of associated problems. He was SO relieved that his "parts" seemed to work following the LAR surgery, but when they told him there were positive nodes and he would need Rad Tx, he became concerned.
Any words of wisdome from some men out there, especially any around his age would be very appreciated. I might be able to aleviate some of his anxiety abou this. Truthfully, it doesn't matter to me - I just want him around for many years and healthy. Sex seems to be low on the priority right now, but I know as human beings we are sexual in nature and this can be very difficult for someone who is so young. THis is my first post and I am so thankful I have found this message board. Thanks!