• Rectal Cancer Surgery timing.

    Asked by CrazyHarry on Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Rectal Cancer Surgery timing.

    Just finished up the neo-adjuvant chemo and radiation and waiting for surgery. I want to do it as soon as possible. Anybody out there on the same path that can comment on hownlong you waited and how you are doing?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The order of my treatment was slightly different. I had chemo followed by surgeries followed by radiation. My first surgery was about 3 weeks after my last chemo treatment and it was also about 3 weeks after my last surgery that i started radiation.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I finished chemo/radiation in November, and should have had surgery in late January, roughly 6 weeks later, which I believe is pretty standard, as that allows you to get back on your feet & strong enough for surgery. I got sidetracked, however, by a cold/pneumonia, and then suspected spots in the lungs, and ended up having a biopsy, which discovered clots caused by my port, but no cancer, thank God, so didn't have my surgery until March. Congratulations on finishing stage 1 of your journey! How are you feeling?

      over 3 years ago
    • Shanti's Avatar

      I finished my chemo and radiation on October 26, 2012 at Moffitt in Tampa. Surgery was scheduled for December. However, my surgeon wanted to do robotic surgery and could not schedule until February 9.

      This ended up working out since I could enjoy the holidays with my family. Physically I was in better condition for the surgery (at least in my mind) with the additional time. I was worried about the delay and what might happen, but I had total confidence in the surgeons decision to wait for the robot. I began my four months of after surgery chemo on Feb. 20. So far so good.

      When is your surgery?

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Surgery is planned for 4/25. I've been feeling like crapola since I finished my chemo/radiation. Between my fried bladder/urethra and almost constant nausea, I'm not having fun.

      over 3 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      The time after chemo/radiation is a rest for your body to gain back strength. Be patient as the area has to heal from the radiation burns. Each day you will feel better. I had my rectal surgery about 7-8wks. after the chemo/radiation . It went well and then recovery but it wasn't as bad as the nausea, weakness, etc. as I had after the chemo/radiation. During the surgery I had an ileostomy but later was reconnected about 3 months later. That was a relief! You are not alone & God bless you.

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      Congratulations on surviving. After radiation and chemo I was wiped out. My surgery took place about two months after my treatment ended. Had a few complications but now I'm doing chemo. Five more sessions and I'm done. Yay. Good luck friend.

      over 3 years ago

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