Sep 15, 2012 - 11:28 pm
Hello . . . I am a newbie and my hubby was diagnosed with colorectal adenocarcinoma three weeks ago following a colonoscopy. A grape-sized mass was discovered, but no polyps or other problems. He has since had a 'whole body' PET CT scan, which indicated that he does not have any other areas involved. He's also had an EUS, which staged him at uT3 uN1 with one or more abnormal (but not enlarged) lymph nodes in the same area. He is scheduled to begin chemo (oral Xeloda) and radiation treatments to be given five days a week for five weeks. This will be followed by surgery in about two months. Further chemo/rad treatments will depend on what they find during surgery.
This was quite a shock - no family history of cancer, doesn't smoke or drink, gets moderate exercise, could lose maybe 10 lbs. but by no means obese - no warning signs until he began having diarrhea one day. Got him to our doctor and things have been rather like trying to ride a tornado ever since. Everything - new doctors' visits and tests - has progressed quickly, which we greatly appreciate. (I did mention to each doctor that I can become quite a pain in the neck if I think things are moving too slowly.) It is all so overwhelming!
He has a fantastic attitude. Never been a worrier - believes it certainly wouldn't help and might hinder recovery. I feel like I have been and will be 'holding my breath' - always waiting for the next test result and then how will his treatment affect him and then what will surgery find.
I'm not even sure what to ask . . . but please know that all of you have my prayers.