Aug 12, 2003 - 6:57 pm
My 32 y/o husband was diagnosed with stage 2/3 rectal cancer in April. They gave him 5FU, Oxiplatin and Leucovorin, as well as 5 weeks of radiation. Treatment ended early June and he is finally having the tumor removed this Friday. Can anyone give me information on what to expect? His tumor is large and low toward the anus, we know he'll have an ostomy, but we don't know whether it will be permanent or temporary. He's extremely concerened about losing the ability to achieve an erection although the odds are low - 20%. I'm most concerned about the hotspots that showed up in his lymph nodes during both PET scans. How soon after surgery do the Dr.s know what we're dealing with in terms of the extent of his disease? Any information is appreciated sorry for the long message, the waiting has me a nervous wreck!