Hi, I'm 33 yo female newly diagnosed with rectal cancer, still being staged - probably stage II or III. Pretty scared, stressed and depressed. I have an HMO for insurance, considering trying to go outside of network for care as HMO does not seem to compare to what is available at my local University Hospital Cancer Center.
Unsure about chemo, radiation options if likely needed. Have read stories and experiences of some people who think chemo and radiation are bad.
My tumor starts 4 inches into rectum. Worried about needing colostomy and what that is like.
Having full colonoscopy later this week. Worried that the colon scope will drag cancer cells from my rectum up into my colon.
Ugh...could type on and on about worries and questions. Fortunately my mom is helping a lot and trying to get answers to our questions from doctors.
Any advice would be appreciated..Thanks : )