Oct 19, 2004 - 9:36 pm
Hi. My wife (age 45) has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer (her father diagnosed at age 53; still alive and doing well). Malignant polyp removed by colonoscopy, and colon resection performed Oct. 12. She is now home and recovering nicely. No cancer in the colon wall or tissue, but 10 of 14 lymph nodes removed were positive for cancer. CT scan and visual inspection by surgeon indicate no further metastasis, but she will have a PET scan soon.
We are still trying to pick up the pieces and I am trying to get educated in a hurry. The oncologist is recommending a six month chemo regimen of 5-FU, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin. Sounds appropriate but we will seek a second opinion. We live in the Nashville, TN area which is blessed with a number of great docs and medical centers.
If there are particularly helpful resources you are aware of for a "newbie," I'd love to hear about them. Looking forward to your comments and support. Despite the news on the lymph nodes, we are optimistic and pray for healing and guidance. Regards,