Stage 3 rectal cancer

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Stage 3 rectal cancer

by Christy76 on Tue Feb 05, 2019 07:42 PM

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Hello my name is Christy. Because it may effect how my treatment goes forth and what advice people can give me I would like to disclose that I am male to female transgender. I'm also forty-two years old.

I felt sick in early January as well as tired and having some rather gross bathroom problems. I went to my family doctor and he set me up for a colonoscopy because cancer runs so high in my family. Two weeks later I had the colonoscopy and when I woke up from the sedation the doctor was standing over me telling me that they found a tumor. Today I saw him again and was told that they can not stage it yet but his best guess would be early stage 3 and that the CT scan found a spot in my lung that they do not think is cancer but that they want to be sure about.

I am facing up to six weeks of chemo and radiation followed by surgery to have the tumor removed. I asked what my survival chances were and he seemed optamistic but I think they're supposed to act like that so he may have really been optamisitic or he may have been putting on a show.

Can anyone tell me what I am in for? Will I become very tired from the chemo? I'm already very tired now. How long will I be out of work? How will I pay these medical bills?

Christy

RE: Stage 3 rectal cancer

by Mark206 on Sun May 05, 2019 10:35 AM

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Hi Christy,

My wife was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer high anterior tumor. She did the chemo and radiation and the surgery, in her case the lab results after tumor and lymph node removal came back negative. so no further chemo after surgery. My wife also had a spot on her lung that diappeared after the radiation and chemo treatments, doctors want to monitor it long term but were not to concerned. The chemo and radition is no walk in the park but it's nothing you cant handle she never got sick but was extremly tired she had the infusion pump hooked up through the port in her chest it pumped the 5fu every 6 minutes 24hours a day seven days a week for 6 weeks with radiation 5 days a week. Sometimes they offer you a chemo pill but these are pricey or another option is having it through an IV. The radition in her opinion was worse 

it's a long process and everyone is different, ask alot of questions ABOUT THE STEPS INVOLVED. Rectal cancer is very treatable so you should be VERY optimistic.

My wife had her surgery on 2/14/19 and the reversal on 2/28/19 and is progressing through this.  

RE: Stage 3 rectal cancer

by Mark206 on Sun May 05, 2019 10:38 AM

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I should state that her reversal was done early due other complications. 90 days was not an option for her.

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