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    Question 8 years post diagnosis - Bowel/Pain Issues

    It's been 8 yrs since my husband's diagnosis, treatment, surgeries and completion of treatment since diagnosed with Rectal Cancer. If I can remember correctly the tumor was 3cm and it was initially stage 2B but after radiation, it was reduced to stage 1. He had his colon resected, a bag for about 8 months and then reversed. This past December the oncologist broke up with him, LOL.

    The last couple of months he's been experiencing a LOT of pain in the bathroom. To the point he can't sit down for several minutes. The stool is not hard, there is NO blood, just the pain. He said it feels like hemorrhoids inside and out. I've put a call into the doctor but of course I'm wondering if anyone here has had this issue years later??

    Any info is appreciated and again, we are going to the colorectal surgeon to be checked officially. I'm wondering if scar tissue could be the issue? Just a thought.

    Other than that, life is good considering the alternative. A few hiccups that sometimes prohibit us from following through on plans, but again, small issues we have learned to live with.

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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    Carmen,
    Fissures can be terribly painful pre bowel movement.
    They seem Not to be painful during bowel movement or after for some reason.
    Been in this situation several times since my resection and it isn’t pleasant.

    Your’e on the right course with the doctor.
    Good luck and hope the problem resolves soonest.
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

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    Moderator Top User Fourlegsgood's Avatar
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    I’m with Barry in initially suspecting a non ‘C’ reason but the right course of action is to get it checked out and that is what he is doing.

    Hopefully it is easily resolved with treatment.

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

 

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