Nov 03, 2006 - 6:33 pm
My mother was just diagnosed. She had some polyps removed (which she has before because of her crohn's disease), but this time one of them (in her lower rectum) had cancer in it. They called it adenocarcinoma with probable angiolymphatic something. I don't even know because I'm getting this info from my dad.
Anyway, my way to deal with things like this is to do tons of research, which is difficult because I don't have much information. I left a message with her doctor, but it's an HMO and who knows when they will call me. She just found out last week and then saw a surgeon yesterday. He wanted to remove the rectum, which my parents didn't understand or agree with given that he told them they couldn't do any more tests. They then talked to the gastroenterologist again to get some other opinions scheduled. The earliest CT scan appointment is in two weeks, then she'll see another oncologist. Doesn't this seem like a long time? Should I be screaming about this? My dad said they told them there is no stage when I told him to ask. That seems weird. I mean, they didn't find it anywhere but the polyp, but they also called it invasive. I'm so confused.
Also my parents are very private and my mom is very depressed, so they don't like to talk about it. I really don't know what to do because I don't want to upset them more. Any advice or knowledge on this subject is greatly appreciated.