Colorectal cancer surgery

Sandi1 Member Posts: 277
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Hi, do they always check nodes when they do the rectal tumor removal surgery?

Thank you


  • cjf2006
    cjf2006 Member Posts: 83
    For myself and all that I've read here, they do.
  • tlsart
    tlsart Member Posts: 33
    I don't know about the
    I don't know about the always? but they did mine.
  • 4law
    4law Member Posts: 110
    they should

    they should
  • Melanie781
    Melanie781 Member Posts: 33
    yes, my husband's surgeon did
    My husband's colorectal surgeon felt his lymph-nodes during both his pre-op exams. They felt his right-groin lymph-node was swollen, so they scheduled another specialist to remove the node after the rectal surgery. Once the rectal surgery was performed and adjacent nodes were removed (4 of 15 positive), the second surgeon came in and operated on his right-groin and it turned out that 1 of 7 nodes were positive for cancer. I am very glad they checked out his major lymph-node areas and found the potential cancer forming in his right-groin. (Initial diagosis was Stage IIIC rectal cancer, 12/07.)
  • wolfmn26
    wolfmn26 Member Posts: 8
    I don't know if they always check (I don't know why they wouldn't) but they checked mine. They checked 14 and all came back negative.

  • peasandcarrots
    peasandcarrots Member Posts: 12
    My dr said they check them as they need to- because they can tell by looking at them(if they MAY be affected). Don't know about in ALL cases but seems like it from mine and others experiences.
  • pamysue
    pamysue Member Posts: 105
    4law said:

    they should

    they should

    I agree
    if the doctor isn't checking them, they should be.