Tuesday, January 4, 2011
We went to the oncologist today. The hospital let Curtis leave and come back for the appointment, since we have been waiting 3 weeks to get into him. They will start Curtis on Xeloda (oral chemo med) for 6 weeks and radiation treatment Monday through Friday for 6 weeks. After he has been off the chemo for a month they will do the main surgery. The cancer has gone through the full thickness of his colon and attached to the bladder. They will have a urologist around during the main surgery (partial colectomy and they will remove some of his rectum as well) in case they need to remove a portion of his bladder. They may reverse his ileostomy during the main surgery, or wait until after, depending how the surgery goes. After this surgery, they would like to do an aggressive chemotherapy regimen of Folfox (Leucovorin, Oxaliplatin and Flurouracil (5-FU). for 6 months. His cancer is aggressive and with the additional chemo after his main surgery will increase his survival rate from 50-60% to 70-80%. We see the urologist tomorrow if we get out of the hospital in time. His ostomy bag is working better today.