Just wondering if there is anybody out there with the same problem I am experiencing.
I am a Stage IV rectal cancer survivor. During my surgery in 2005 my sphincter in my rectum was far too damaged to ever have my illeostomy reversed so now I am living with a permanent illeostomy. Which is fine. My issue is this. Though I don't use my colon anymore, it still does produce bodily fluids. As that area healed it has had a tendency to heal over and "close up" and every so often I experience a painful pressure where my rectum is trying to release the accumulated contents. Has anybody else ever experienced this and what have they done about it?View Thread
I was diagnosed with stage IV rectal cancer in Nov. 2004. At that time cancer had already spread to my liver and they found three spots on one lobe of my liver.I was treated at West Penn, Pittsburgh, PA. Had one round of chemo and radiation to shrink the tumors before surgery. Surgery in March 2005 to remove tumor. Another round of chemo. Then a liver ablation in September 2005 to burn the tumors on my liver. Another round of chemo. CT scans every 3 months. Found more spots on same lobe of liver in 2007. Another liver ablation. No chemo. August 2008 CT scan showed spot on center lobe of my lung. September 2008 surgery to remove my center lobe of right lung. Another round of chemo. Been cancer free since. I am still working full time and have a full life. I believe strongly in chemo and surgery. The cancer will not spread when they open you up. The cancer is already there and has spread if it is stage IV. Chemo is no picnic but I am alive and cancer free today and I would never have done anything differently.View Thread
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