New to this community and would like some support
Hello all, my husband has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, T3, N2. He was to go in for his surgery tomorrow, but there is a pretty big hiccup. When we spoke with the surgeon on the 7th of this month, he was confident that a resection would be successful and he wouldn’t need further treatment just monitoring. However he called us in this morning to have a chat.
My husband had to have a triple abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) on Nov 17th, 2017. He was diagnosed during the national screening programme for all males who are 65 and over. All three of his aneurysms were critical. Surgery went well but he developed major Post op complications resulting in the amputation of all ten toes even though he was not diabetic and very very fit. He was in hospital for 78 days in total, 50 days first time and a further 28 days.
His Bowel cancer was also detected by the national screening programme and he was diagnosed following his colonoscopy on jan 30th.
Today his surgeon told us that he had just finished reading through his extensive notes and seen prior scans and reports. So his findings from the reports are
1. His blood supply to the pelvic region is very poor.
2. He thinks my husband may have genetic vascular problems that have caused the blood vessels to collapse.
3. He had spinal ischemia, one of his post op complications from his last surgery which could also be responsible for his poor blood supply.
4. His surgeon informed us that my husband’s chance of one surgery to remove the cancerous part and surrounding lymph nodes without resection and a permanent colostomy is his best option.
5. He fears that when he removes this portion and do a resection the blood supply being poor already, and more blood vessels will be removed during the surgery, will be insufficient for the healing of the resection to take place and chances of the rectum dying is also high.
6. In case there is a leak if a resection is done, then the chances of my husband surviving a 2nd operation to repair the leak will be very poor.
So I would like to know if
A. there are any others here who have had AAA and bowel cancer in this group?
B. If so, how are you coping and what was your prognosis?
C. If there is no one here with AAA and bowel cancer, those who have had colostomy can you please tell me how it has affected your life? And what to expect?
Sorry for this long missive, but this is the only way I could explain what I need help with.
Thank you for your patience and any information you can give me.