Mar 21, 2013 - 9:30 am
We met with the surgeon yesterday and he recommended one more treatment tomorrow (this was actually my request, since my husband had a mini 3 week chemo break) and then surgery to remove the rectal tumor mid-late April. The para-aortic nodes that orginally lit up in August pet scan were removed for biopsy and nothing else in that area has lit up since.....except he does have multiple bone lesions. He's had 2 bone biopsies that have both been clear, but this continues to concern the docs. I'm not sure what to make of it. My husband is worried about the surgery and not thrilled with the idea of having a ileostomy or colostomy, but the surgeon said that his first priority is getting clear margins. He said he'd rather have him live 30 yrs with a colostomy than have the cancer come back. That was a little shocking to hear him say after the onc. mentioned that 2 yr time frame. He also said that if it does come back in one area, such as a spot on the liver, there is still the possibility of cure. That was good to hear, as it's the first time with heard anyone even mention cure as a possibility...but then he has to mention the concern of the bones again.
Overall, good appt and feeling very thankful that he can have the surgery.