Aug 27, 2012 - 2:50 am
I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in early July. I had a malignant polyp removed and the pathology report indicated that the cells are poorly differentiated. The subsequent PETCT and ultrasound showed no further traces of the cancer. I have met with two surgeons. One wants to remove my entire rectum and do a J-Pouch. The other thinks the cancer site is far enough up to do a partial removal so that I could rely on the remaining portion of the rectum to do the work of the whole. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Of course I'd prefer the partial removal, but I can't understand why the first surgeon didn't offer to do the same.