Return of Sigmoid Cancer Help to Decide Needed
Hi! A year and a half ago I had sigmoid resection where 6 inches were removed. Last year a biopsy showed it returned at the surgery site. I just had 6 chemo/immuno treatments. New testing shows no cancer in the MRI, CT, and in 30 biopsies of the colon. My CEA is .7. Yet the doctors still want me to have another resection. Chances are high for an ostomy as I've already had radiation down there and it is very close to the rectum. I"m thinking of waiting on the surgery and doing frequent testing instead. Where can I find information/data about these kinds of situations that will help make a decision? They could do the surgery, find no cancer and I end up with a permanent bag. If any cancer had shown up, I'd have the surgery but I'd be really upset if I have it and end up with a bag and there's no cancer. Can anyone share their experience or point me in the right direction for info on recurrent colon cancer treatments and data on outcomes? Thanks.