Question about recurrence
Back in December of 2008 my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was a fairly early stage, but did have lymphovascular invasion. Tumor was removed completely, and he had surgery to remove that part of his colon just to be sure they got it all (I think this was done due to the LVI). He had his 1year followup in January 2010, and then was told to come back in 2 years, which would make him due for colonoscopy in Janurary of 2012. For the last 3 weeks he has been having pain on the lower left side of his abdomen and back, foul smelling (worse than normal) gas and stool, and then last night he had stomach cramps, constipation and bright red blood in his stool (of course we know the blood could be due to the extreme constipation). Anyway he is going to call the doctor today, but should he push for an earlier colonoscopy or wait until January. I know that I hope it is unlikely his cancer would have come back so quickly, and the doctor who did the colonoscopy said they did not believe it would ever come back, but the repeat colonoscopies were just routine. I am scared a bit. He is only 47. I guess what I am asking is do these symptoms sound like he may have a recurrence, or are we just paranoid due to the word cancer having already been part of our lives? Last time he had a little blood in his stool, but they said that it probably wasn't even from the cancer, but more likely from hemorrhoids.