Yes, that seems to be the standard procedure. Mine was right at the verge between rectal and sigmoid colon, so I think they came to a compromise and just gave me 5 days of radiation before surgery. Yes, the mri would show potential lymph node involvement. Mine showed 1 node that was potentially involved, and I think just to be on the safe side,they classified it as such, but my surgery results showed no lymph nodes were affected. Also, in regards to radiation, I would recommend doing that close to home. Personally, I dont see the point in traveling for that, seems like any decent hospital/center can do that effectively. The first appointment is about 45 mins, so they can get her set up and tattooed, and her subsequent appoints will literally only be about 20 mins, but everyday.
The actual radiation only takes about 5 mins,very similar to getting an x ray.
Like everyone on this board and anyone battling this disease, I'm praying for you and her. Best wishes.
By the glory, by the grace, by the strength of God, I will be made whole.
Aug 3, 18-colonoscopy, 5cm mass 12cm from AV rectal cancer
Aug 17-CT,chest and pelvis
CEA-.99-likely not a good marker
Clinical DX-T2/T3n1 -3cm mass, 13.5 from AV-might be colon? - let surgeon make determination
Sept 10-14 radiation
Sept 25-CR lap surgery, temp loop ileostomy
Oct 2-path stage pT1N0M0