Dec 16, 2019 Latest post:
Jun 28, 2020
The purpose of this site is to keep everyone informed on all the activities and updates along this journey. The plan of action is to fight this MIND BODY and SOUL
This was discovered with a routine colonoscopy due to some issues with blood in stool believed to be caused by hemorrhoids.
Colonoscopy 12/10/2019 results -One small-mouthed diverticulum was found on the ascending colon -A 3 mm polyp was found on the transverse colon. Polyp was removed. - A "fungating, infiltrative and ulcerated partially obstructing large mass was found in the rectum. The mass was partially circumferential (involving 2/3rd of the lumen circumference). The mass measured four cm in length. No bleeding was present. This was biopsied with a cold forceps for histology. Mass extended from 5 cm to anal verge with difficulty assessing if anal verge involved." - Impression: Malignant-appearing tumor. Biopsied
MRI with and without contrast 12/10 to stage tumor Results per phone conversation with Gastroenetroligst (Dr. Grace) 12/11: "Locally advanced" with lymph involvement. Stage 3 borderline 4 Need chemo/radiation and surgery - recommendation of Vernava surgery, Kerwin radiation/oncology, and Dr. Rubin medical oncologist.
Ct Scan of chest, abdomen and Pelvis revealed no metastasis. Lungs and liver without cancer.
Pathology report is adenocarcinoma. Surgeon stated that most likely came from a polyp that turned into cancer. Not related at all to his previous kidney cancer.
Met with surgeon, Dr. Vernava. He gave a detailed description on what to expect. The cancer is wrapped around rectum and involves sphincter muscle. The theme from the appointment is how well the cancer responds to treatment will determine long term treatment plans including surgery. According to the surgeon, the CT scan would NOT pick up this cancer due to location.
The first steps are a PET scan, meet the oncology team, and receive more details on the cancer treatment plan.
First appointment scheduled for Monday with Dr.Kerwin, radiation oncologist. More to follow.....