Re: Colon Cancer confirmed - Surgery Questions
Firstly, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is always a scary thing to hear that you have cancer. But be encouraged...there are several people on this board, including my husband who were diagnosed some years ago and are doing well today. My husband was dx stage 111C with 11 out of 18 nodes involved. He had surgery, chemo and radiation....all done nearly 7 years ago. Unfortunately, he now has prostate cancer, but that is another story!
As to the surgery, I have always understood that open surgery is preferred as the surgeon can then see what is going on in there better.... checking other organs, lymph nodes, etc. The success of the surgery really affects the long term survival of the patient. Maybe others here will differ in their opinion but whatever you choose, I wish you well. I hope that you will be able to post as soon as you feel well enough. Be patient with your recovery. Your system has to kick back in and that can take a few days.
Husband dx July 2003, advanced rectal cancer stage 111C; myself dx July 2006 indolent lymphoma; husband dx February 2010, stage 2 prostate cancer.