Partner facing cancer for a second time
Hi all. I’m new to this community. My partner is 34 and was diagnosed with bowel cancer almost 2 years ago. The tumour was removed successfully (he was resectioned in 3 places) followed by 8 rounds of chemo. We were told in October that there were no signs of recurrence on his CT scan. He then had a colonoscopy in November which again showed no recurrence. We were so happy and started looking forward to the future with such relief and joy. Shortly after Christmas, he started to experience stomach pain and vomiting. I took him to A and E where the doctors said it would most likely be a bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue. This made sense to us. He had another CT scan which showed no mass. Huge relief. We then had an appointment through for a PET scan and I started to get suspicious. Our worst fears were confirmed yesterday when we were told by the consultant that they had found a tumour in the small intestine. They had presumed that it was scar tissue on the Oct scan but that it had grown on the Jan scan. He is to have 3 months of chemo to shrink the tumour this time and then they will hopefully remove it. The consultant didn’t seem too confident of a cure this time because of its location. Obviously, we are devastated. Having the diagnosis come so soon after being given the all clear is so hard to process. I feel lost and trying to be strong for him and our 8 year old son. Anyone have experience of beating bowel cancer for a second time? Thanks for reading. Gemma.