I am a 49 yo male (almost 50) that learned on Dec 20, 2004 I had rectal cancer. My surgeon opted to have me go through radiation and chemo to shrink the tumor. In the mean tile I went through the battery of testing, CAT, PET, CEA and thrugh all the tests I learned that there was no lymph node involvement. On 4/4/05, I had the colon-rectal resection surgery witha loop ostomy inserted to allow the resection to heal (right now I have been told 12 weeks). My Path report was great, no other cancer located in any part of the healthy tissue, she basically indicated that for the most part I am cancer free, however I will visit with the Oncologist for further plans. I will have a reversal as early as 12 weeks from the surgery on April 4th. I would like more info on those that have had a loop-ostomy as to the procedure, time in hospital, recovery steps, and any stories from anyone who has gone through the loop-ostomy reversal. the good Lord has blessed me with a fairly health body, a wonderful wife and family who has been there for me throughout this ordeal, and a good supervisor and team at the office that is cheerleading me through this. Thanks, this is a very informative group.