Apr 04, 2004 - 9:24 pm
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site. My husband was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in Aug 2003. He had chemo/radiation treatment for 6 weeks, then had a colon resection with a temporary ileostomy. After surgery the dr told us that the tumor had shrunk down to the size of a ulcer. Everything looked really good. Then three days later we got back the results of his biopsy and he had 6 out of 19 lymph nodes were involved. This really blew us away, I don't think we were expecting that news after the surgery went so well. Anyway, he started on oxaliplatin and 5fu every two weeks then started having chest pains. He had to discontinue that treatment because of abnormal ekg's. They told him that he could have a heart attach. So they started him on oxaliplatin and camptosar. He's on it every three weeks for 6 months. He has 3 months to go. His cat scans last week were clear. I worry because camptosar is normally given to patients who still have recognizable cancer not to patients that don't show any metastises. We are going to MD Anderson so I feel like we are in good hands. My husband is in good spirits, he feels like he has beaten this. But of course, he doesn't like to hear the facts about it. I continually think about it. He was 40 years old when he found out, we have 3 kids. Its been very hard. I know all of you know this. I see other people taking things for granted, and complaining about things that don't even matter to me. I wanted to know if anyone out there has been on this specific treatment, or have had that many lymph nodes involved and how you are doing. This seems like a great site, I'm so glad I found it. Thank you all for your advice and support.