Deep breath... here goes:
Good news; the lesion they had found in a ureter when inserting the catheter was only a papiloma. They had sent me home from the hospital with an appointment to see a urology oncologist, so my imagination was going wild - but it's a non-issue and I was told to cancel the appointment.
The colon had cancer in it. The sessile serrated polyp that had been found by my GI 2 years ago (and never found again) was noted but without comment; the stricture area had cancer. the surgeon had followed his instincts, and when he didn't like the looks of things there, he had removed 44 lymph nodes; 6 had cancer cells.
The surrounding mucosa (? report is not right in front of me) tested negative, which is good.
The cancer was reminiscent of goblet cell carcinoid (which had been found last spring) but in fact did not test out to be exactly that (also good, IMHO.) Classified as adenocarcinoma.
Essentially, the surgeon got it all. He looked me in the eye and told be I would be Fine. But protocol is, just in case there are random cancer cells about, I will have a course of 8 - 12 weeks of chemo, every other week. (16 - 24 weeks! Argh!)
And because the chemo gives diarrhea, he wants me to keep my loop ileo until I'm done with the chemo, so I'm not adding insult to injury sore-butt-wise.
He said if I had done the surgery a year ago, the results would likely have been very similar, so not to beat myself up.
So I am alternately scared and relieved, going from "is this really all? They didn't miss anything?" to "Woo hoo, I just missed that bullet!"
Thanks for being there, friends.
Age 61. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Step One surgery on 12/28/17.
Prior meds: sulfasalizine, Asacol, Delzicol, Lialda,
6 MP, Humira.
Metamucil - 2 doses/day for 34 years.
two hips replaced thanks to pred.
Bentyl as needed as of 8/31/17