Well, as I have posted earlier, I have been suffering from the after effects of the radiation therapy I underwent over a year ago. I am speaking of both urinary issues (not being able to go - at all) and a colorectal issue ( ulcerations).
Thankfully, the urinary issue has been pretty much resolved itself. I do take 2 different alpha-blockers regulary and only have to cathaterize myself occaisionaly. I have hopes that soon I won't need to at all, but I'll be on alpha-blockers probably forever.
That is the good news. The rest of the news is not good - at all!
I had a visit with my gasterinterologist yesterday and he did a look-see, carefully, at my colon to see how the ulceration had changed in 2 1/2 months. He had not previously seen the affected area. My colo-rectal man had back in October and immediately ordered up a biopsy -big mistake- but no harm done. My GI man was horrified by what he saw. He didn't describe as a ulcer. He called it a crater! I sneaked a couple of peaks. It didn't look pretty.
So now I get to see the colorectal man again to get his input. I am a little leary of that since the biopsy. Never the less, it would seem that I have only 2 options. Keep taking the medication- Canasa - and hope that it eventually heals on its own. Tough when you think that there is a wound constantly surrounded by fecal matter and a fair degree of pressure, internal and external (as in trying to sit). The other option is a colostomy. I can barely stand to think about that. It would likely offer the best odds at healing. Either option will involve a lot of time for healing.
Anyone know of any other options?
What really bothers me is HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? The target area for the radiation was the prostate. The Dattoli Clinic has the very latest is equipment for the most exact targetting. Why do I have a CRATER in my colon?