Re: Recently diagnosed with colon cancer
Sorry to hear that you have colon cancer. If this hasn't been done already, it is important to have a CAT scan of the abdomen/pelvis and chest to check if the cancer has spread outside the colon. This should be done before surgery. Also have your MD do a CEA blood level prior to surgery. CEA is a measure of a substance that colon and some other gastric cancers produce and the presurgical level will serve as a baseline against levels that are taken periodically during treatment to assess progress. It is not a reliable indicator for some people but it is for most.
You didn't mention the location of your tumor. If it is low and close to the rectal area, it is important that your surgeon be a board certified colorectal surgeon with extensive experience in laproscopic procedures.
The surgeon should also have the tumor tested for microsatellite instability. If it tests microsatellite (MSI) high, there is a possibility, especially since at 40 you are relatively young that the cancer could be genetic in origin. Treatment options and follow-up are different for a HNPCC/Lynch Syndrome colon cancer than for a random colon cancer.
HNPCC Lynch Syndrome
2003 Colon Cancer Stage III Right Hemicolectomy 6 mos 5FU with Leucovorin
1995 Endometrial Cancer
Last edited by LESLIETOO; 02-29-2012 at 08:00 PM.