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    Procedure or Surgery (MRI to determine the type of surgery... praying it isn't permanent bag. ): Friday the 16th he'll have the MRI, then schedule surgery...

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    Decision Point (Second opinion,wishing for third): The Drs. at Oschners are in network but the hospitals aren't, I feel like they could prevent my husband from having a perm.coloscopy...;(

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    Carole7373 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Is surgery always required?

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      Skyemberr (Best Answer!)

      I am with @JaneA sitting at stage IV, and I can say that if your husband has the chance to get clear margins and get that out, he really should! Even with shrinkage from chemo and radiation rectal and anal cancer likes to recur and the surgery to get the clear margins is nowhere near as bad as having it come back and spread to new areas.

      It can be nervewracking to go through the surgery because in many cases there are some questions about loss of function, but you would be surprised how much function can be preserved by a good surgeon and getting to the cancer as early as possible.

      Even in the case where a patient needs an ileostomy or colostomy for a period of time, it is possible in lots of cases to reverse that and go back to fairly normal function after the body has healed. I know this because I was able to have a reversal. My surgeon only had about 5mm of tissue left to reconnect my colon, but she did it, and after a year and a half I was able to get my ileostomy fully reversed.

      Good luck to you and your husband. Please come back if you have more questions!

      4 months ago
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      My husband is scheduled for a complete body scan in a couple of weeks, can they see how much & what size the Cancer has become? And then be able to make the a more knowledgeable decision on the type of surgery?

      4 months ago
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      Braz

      Depends on size and location. I had a massive tumor into the anus margin all the way to the rectum entrance, so didn’t have much choice; not much serviceable tissue left after radiation and chemotherapy.

      3 months ago