Hi everyone. I have two more questions for you guys if its okay. We went to see my husbands chemo oncologist today for his five week post op check up to schedule his adj chemo treatments. He is going to let my husband take Xeloda again since his results the first time were so good. We took him the report showing clear margins. (Had transanal excision surgery due to rectal cancer was on Feb. 25, 2003).
We were sitting there with the Doc telling us how happy he was for us and then he asked what about the lymph node? We asked him what lymph node? Nobody had ever mentioned a lymph node to us. He told us that the lymph node was somewhat enlarged on the ultasound (which results were sent to him by our surgeon) and that it was right beside the tumor, but that we should not worry about it because the surgeon would have removed it if it was necessary. He said he was sure that when the surgeon was in the area during surgery he saw that the lymph node looked normal and that it was not surprising that the lymph node could be normal due to the chemo and radiation my husband had before surgery. (CT before treatment and surgery showed liver and lungs clear).
We have 100% trust in our surgeon. He is one of, if not, the best in our State. He specializes in nothing but colon problems and surgery and has even wrote a book on colon problems, cures and surgeries. The man is excellent in what he does. We just can not imagine that this doctor would leave anything in my husband unless he was as sure as he can be that it was normal.
Okay everyone, here are my questions:
Has anyone ever taken Xeloda after surgery? Four months, two weeks on, one off.
Ive read different stories by survivors that talk about lymph nodes looking enlarged on the ultrasound but where normal after radiation and chemo treatments and that these lymph nodes were not removed and did not need to be. Has this happened to any of you?
We have called the surgeon, but it will probably be Monday before we hear back.
Thanks for all your help. You guys have given me more peace and understand than all the doctors.
God Bless all.....