Aug 23, 2013 - 12:13 am
I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in June following the discovery of a mass during routine colonoscopy. Tumor removed at UCSF with pathology of cancer. No obvious invasion, but two prominent lymph nodes identified by CT scan and endoscopic ultrasound. Tumor Board at UCSF advised high probability of invasion and thus recommended chemoradiation followed by surgical resection. Based on recommendations from this group, I obtained a second opinion from Josef Heinz at UCSC, and he completely disagreed with UCSF, telling me I needed further diagnostics evidence. I had lymph node biopsy and just got the results of negative. I realize the needle could miss the cancerous tissue but I am now evaluating extent of surgery and will again obtain a second opinion before submitting myself to anything. If I had gone with UCSF I would be in second week of chemoradiation that I might not need. I am grateful to this discussion board.