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Need advice about infection

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Joined: Jul 2004

I am so grateful for this board. Most of my knowledge about this disease has come from all of the courageous, caring and supportive people on this board. I pray for a cure and for all of you. My question concerns my husband who completed his treatment in February for Stage III rectal cancer. He has pain and a lump in his groin that has worsened over the last few days. He went to our primary doctor early today who told him he had a hernia and most likely needs surgery. By this evening he had 102 fever, back pain and headache. Dr now thinks it's an infection/abscess because of the fever and prescribed antibiotics. I'm not sure if we should be talking to our primary, a surgeon or oncologist. Are these typical symptoms of an obstruction? Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had a similar experience.

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Joined: May 2004

Hi. I am a primary care doctor. Your hubby finished chemo in Feb, meaning he may still be immunosuppressed. Go to the hospital and talk to an onc. 102 fever plus lump in the groin, back pain and headache? Go to the hospital.

I had a terrible headache 6 months after I completed my first chemo.... after several weeks and increasing pain, I got an emergent MRI. Turns out I had a clot in my brain that caused a small stroke - never had any symptoms.

GO TO THE HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to be more careful because your husbands body has been damaged by all the treatments!!! Please be careful.


Posts: 25
Joined: Jul 2004

Jana, thanks for the advice. We did take a trip to the ER and a CT scan showed a swollen lymph node. We are headed back to the surgeon to find out what's going on. Thanks so much for your reply and guidance.

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