Oct 02, 2003 - 6:08 am
I was diagnosed with rectal CA on 7/3/2003. I am a 47 year female who has always prided herself on her good health:-). I've already gone through chemo and radiation in an attempt to shrink the tumor. Tumor is very close to sphincter muscle. Surgeon won't know until i'm in surgery whether he can do sphincter sparing surgery. He told me, in the meantime, to decide how important it is that we spare the sphincter. He said that people who have the sphincter sparing surgery may have problems with frequent stools and occasional accidents. I may prefer the option of permanent colostomy. I'm wondering if any of you who have had either of these surgeries have any thoughts.