Lower rectal cancer after chemo and radiotherapy.

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Hi folks, 
I have just recently completed my chemo and radiotherapy for lower rectal cancer.
The results have been good leaving only scar tissue.

However I have a huge dilemma after speaking to my surgeon. He has told me that there is a 20% chance of it returning within two years, which I thought were pretty favourable. He seems to prefer going ahead with major surgery and fitting a permanent stoma. I'm 63 and have some underlying health issues. Heart arythmia, multiple past dvts, TIA, overweight and pretty unfit after lockdown..

My anxiety level are through the roof at present as he wants to operate in two weeks time. 

He also said for those that are older and maybe incapable of having the operation there is the option of watch and wait which I'm leaning towards.

Any help would much appreciated.

  • Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

    Having to make treatment decisions can be very difficult but whatever you choose to do, remember that at the time you made the decision it was the right one for you no matter what then might or might not happen.

    The community is divided up into groups so I hope you don't mind me recommending that you join the bowel (colon and rectum) cancer group and post this question there as well. I'm sure you'll find it a great benefit being able to ask questions, share experiences and get support from others who have had the same diagnosis and might have had to make the same decision.

    To join just click on the link I've created and then choose 'join this group' on the page that opens. You can then introduce yourself and post questions after selecting 'start a discussion' and join in with existing conversations by clicking on 'reply'.

    When you have a minute, it would be really useful if you could pop something about your journey so far into your profile as it really helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

    All the best with whatever you decide to do


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