I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in august of 2002, I underwent surgery on sept 4, 2002 and was lucky that i had enough colon to resection the colon. I had a very low resection, about 2 inches from the anus. My surgey was successful in that the small tumor plus surrounding good tissue was removed. My cancer did not penatrate the first wall. All 14 of the nodes were taken out and out the 14 only one had a micro spec of cancer. I went to an onocology doctor and
he suggested chemo 5fu and levcovin (probably not spelled correctly) I decided
to have the chemo, but when i went back to see him, i was sitting in the chemo office, when he came in and said we need to regroup.
He suggested I see a radiologist. I have not seen the rediologist yet, but I am having second thoughts about everything.
the Doctor told me my resection was under the 9 centimeter line of the body. It was at 4 and the blood flow to the nodes was different, that is why he is suggesting radiation. I am confused and really have lost faith in the onocologist. I have a 70 % chance of cancer coming back if i do nothing. What do I do now?