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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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I am 27 years old and was diagnosed 2 1/2 weeks ago with rectal cancer.

I have had bleeding for years, but when I mentioned it to my doctors, was told that it was a hemorrhoid, and was prescribed procto-foam. After my father was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago, and with my own symptoms getting progressively worse, I finally went to a gastroentologist. My colonoscopy showed that I had a tumor, so I went to a surgeon who did a sonogram. My cancer is Stage II.

The surgeon suggested a few options to me, and my main question right now is, should I have chemo/radiation combined with surgery, or just have the surgery. My current surgeon suggested I get my whole colon removed. He was fairly confident he could save my sphincter, but he said that chemo/radiation would likely increase the chances of that, though it would weaken my muscle. However, it would have the unfortunate side effect of making me infertile, which isn't that appealing to me, as I am getting married next year. But of course, both my future husband and I would prefer that I am as healthy as possible before anything else!

I'm seeing my second opinion next week, but I was hoping for a few educated opinions, or personal stories. Thank you so much for your help!

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