Jun 25, 2004 - 2:05 am
The last week has been crazy. One daughter graduated eighth grade and another got married last Saturday. The wedding was beautiful. I went away for a few days with a friend which was very relaxing, but now it's back to reality and surgery scheduled for Monday.
My question has to do with what the surgeon wants to remove.
The tumor is high in the rectum. All the scans show that it has not spread and no lymph node involvement. The original scans showed that it had infiltrated to the presacral space. I have had chemo and radiation. The surgeon is planning on removing the entire sigmoid colon and the upper part of the rectum. When asked why he was going to remove the whole sigmoid, he said it was necessary to make sure he had clear margins. I don't understand this, given where the tumor is and have left a message for him, but was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this for me. Has anyone had the whole sigmoid removed for a rectal tumor.
Also, even though I haven't posted often, I have been reading the posts and want everyone to know how much I appreciate the positive attitudes that you have. It really helps!