May 01, 2003 - 10:12 pm
My brother was diagnosed with rectal cancer in Feb 2003. He found out when he was hospitalized with kidney failure. The tumor (4x7cm) that was eventually visualized on CT had spread to his bladder and obstructed his ureter. After stabilizing his kidney function with dialysis, nephrostomy tubes, and transfusions he left the hospital 14 days later and started chemo. My question is-- does anyone have any experience with this type of invasion. My brother lost his colon 20 years ago to ulcerative colitis. Has lived with his ileostomy all that time. Chemo is being done and radiation will be done in an effort to reduce the tumor size before surgery. His bladder will also be removed. I've moved in with my brother to help him through this as he is not married and is so weak. I'm trying to stay positive despite the gravity of the situation. His chemo (5FU, CPT11, & Leucovorin) is hitting him hard and he battles nausea, vomiting and dehydration constantly. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.