Well my appt. today at IU Goshen Cancer Center (IN) went really good! My husband & I feel we made the right decision going there for my 2nd opinion. The doctors & staff were friendly & very caring. The facility bright & pleasant. And only about an hr from home!
So I met with my surgical, radiation, & medical drs plus a naturopathic lady. Yes it took all day but so worth it! Each dr explained everything in detail, answered any questions we had, basically took the time to let us know they cared & we mattered.
What we found out: my (original) cancer was 6mm, T3,N0,M0 (11A). I'll say I was shocked by the size of tumor & what stage! This time its a residual from the last. But since my biopsy was done within the 1 yr mark, my new drs want to wait for the 13 mo. timeline then do another colonoscopy w/biopsy & further exam just to be sure the cancer is really there. (seems radiation continues to kill cancer cells for at least 1 yr) Then if there's cancer, it'll be surgical removal of cancerous area along with radiation (brachtherapy) w/6-7 days in hospital.
Although last yr I felt comfortable with my (1st) cancer center, & the drs seemed to really care (it was only 2 wks from diagnosis to start of treatment)...this time they don't seem as caring & just want to do the radical surgery w/ostomy & no further tests. If I'd have listened to them I'd be geeting that surgery now (not knowing it may not be needed!)!!
I highly recommend asking many questions, do alot of research, & seek 2nd opinions.