Nov 07, 2012 - 3:35 pm
I live in Australia and just wanted to introduce myself and write about my cancer diagnosis and treatment.
I had a colonoscopy in February 2012 which discovered a large polyp. The polyp was removed during the colonoscopy and biopsy results revealed that it was malignent and I was referred to a colorectal surgeon. It was determined that I needed surgery to remove a section of the diseased bowel. My surgery was scheduled for late April. I had Laparscopic Ultralow Anterior Resection surgery with covering loop iliostomy for rectal cancer and a polyp in the rectum. Histology showed that I had a tiny residual cancer in the speciman removed but there was no evidence of major invasion, no lymphovascular or venous invasion. There were hardly any nodes in the mesentery, although I had an extensive resection. I have a T2 cancer, a Stage 1 cancer, which should not require any chemotherapy. I had my iliostomy reversal surgery in September 2012 and am slowly recovering. Over the coming months and years I will be conducting regular surveillance to make sure that there is not distant spread.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who wants to respond and those with Stage 1 cancer who have had chemotherapy or may think it is recommended?