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Old 10-28-2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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Rectal Cancer/Kidney Transplant

Hello all.

My husband has been diagnosed with rectal cancer. We're still in the dark as to stage, but it's very low in the rectum, and his surgeon has told him he will need a colostomy. We're getting a second opinion on that, but if that's what it takes to save his life, that's what we'll do.

My question has to do with adjuvant treatment, given his other health problems. My husband is 44 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 9. His kidneys failed in 1999, and he had a kidney transplant in 2000 (living donor). It is doing beautifully, his creatinine is very stable. He also has moderate neuropathy from the diabetes.

His doctors ruled out radiation therapy because of the kidney transplant, and they're mulling over what sort of chemo he can have given his neuropathy and the number of immunosuppressants he's already on because of the kidney transplant.

Does anyone else here have experience with rectal/colon cancer following solid organ transplant? We'd appreciate any information.


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