Stu: Wow, that’s a lot of challenge all at once! I’m sorry to hear this, and I hope both of your parents recover well, and soon. Wishing you strength and clarity as well!
Do you know what caused your mother’s GI bleeding? My mom had a similar incident some years ago that turned out to be an ulcer (lost a similar % of blood volume). She had an emergency surgery that resolved it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t diagnosed soon enough and she had several falls, causing fractures that plague her to this day. But she recovered well otherwise, and is now 90 (not bad!). It sounds like they got to this in time, which is good.
The possible recurrence is really disappointing, especially as your mother was so far down the road. While nodes (plural) sounds a bit scary, your mother is a veteran at this point, so I hope that this development is just another speed bump for her. Perhaps the bleed will turn out to be a blessing in disguise since they found and can now treat the other stuff.
Best wishes to you all!
7/19: RC: Staged IIIA, T2N1M0
approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff.; lung micronodule
8/19-10/19 4 rds.FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (reduced 70-75%)
neoadjuvant chemorad 11/19
4 rounds FOLFOX July-August 2020
ncCR 10/20; biopsies neg
TAE 11/20, tumor cells removed
Chest CT 3/30/21 growth in 2 nodules (3 and 5mm)
VATS 12/8/21 sub-pleural met 7mm.
SBRT nodule 1/22
CT 3/22: Clear
Chest CT 5/19/22 Clear
6/20/22 TAE rectal polyp benign
CT/MRI 9/11 Clear
11/9/22: Rectal exam/scope Clear (2 yrs.)