Aug 15, 2012 - 12:18 am
My mom was just diagnosed with Stage III signet ring rectal cancer. She has a 6 cm mass at the beginning of treatment. She has started 5 1/2 weeks of chemo/radiation to be followed by surgery that will result in an colostomy. The PET scan showed the cancer in one lymph node but they say they won't know how many lymph nodes it is really in until they open her up. She is also being treated by a Naturopathic Dr. of Oncology to try and reduce side effects and maximize radiation/chemo treatment.
I've read of Dr.'s (like Dr. Marks) who specializes in colostomy alternative surgeries that laparosocopicly remove bad and leave sphincter muscle. Has anyone had this done or any other alternatives? I know there is also a new FDA approved acticon neosphincter that is an alternative that it is still being studied. Has anyone used this?
Thanks for you help!