Feb 03, 2005 - 5:13 pm
Following radiation and 5fu chemo I had surgery a couple of weeks ago for rectal cancer - stage 2. All results were great - no spread - all lymph nodes were clean. I was told by oncologist I will need 6 months of adjuvant chemo (5fu and leucovorin). Problem is that I have a temporary ostomy that surgeon told me would be reversed in about 8-10 weeks post surgery. Oncologist wants to wait for reversal for 6 months, following chemo. This was new unexpected news that hit me pretty hard. I would prefer to have ostomy reversed as soon as possible and continue with chemo. Oncologist did not want to wait to start chemo until after reversal because he felt it would be too long a wait. I would prefer starting chemo soon (4 weekly sessions, followed by 2 weeks off) and have reversal surgery during a 2 week off cycle. Has anyone faced similar issues?