Apr 05, 2012 - 1:08 pm
I would love to hear from anyone who has had this surgery for rectal cancer. My husband sailed thru the 6 weeks of chemo/radiation. No problems at all with the chemo, except he learned to "loath" the constant wearing of the pump (5fu) and he had the ususal severe skin irritations in the groin area, where they treated the nodes that were infected & the "exit" area irritation, of course...but he never really complained & worked and carried on as normal the entire process. He is a "young" 46 year old, who never lets anything stop him from doing much of anything. He is thin, but strong & healthy. He will have to have his anus, rectum & cygmoig (sp) colon removed...it will be done using robotics as well as traditional incisions at the "exit" area and below the navel..he will have a perm. colostomy. we are strong in our faith, but I am scared to death..he isn't ..but I am. would love to hear anyone's suggestions & encouraging words. It was a large tumor (stage 3 with lymph node involvement) prior to rad/chemo. He feels wonderful now, however Surgery looms..