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Have rectal adenocarcinoma, bleeds easily, has infiltrated. What can I do while awaiting treatment?

hi there, i am a 46 y/o male just diagnosed with t3 n+ m0 rectal adenocarcinoma . The polyp is about 4.3cm long and 2.3cm wide, on the rear wall of my rectum at between 6 to 10 cm from the anus. It bleeds easily and has infiltrated, but seemingly not beyond the wall of the rectum into the fatty tissue - yet - although local lymph nodes are swollen. what can i do whilst awaiting treatment in terms of what can i eat to help fight off this cancer, and how debilitating is the prescribed chemo and radiation therapy?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Jun 2012
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Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM. Thanks for the query.
In such cases it is recommended to do preoperative radio or chemoth to reduce tumor size. Then it may be operable. You should now do frequent red blood count check,eat easier food and use stool softeners. If there is low hgb you need blood transfusion. Also take iron supplements. For pain relief you may need some stronger opiate painkillers and sitz baths may be helpful too.
Wish you good health. Regards
Answered: Sat, 14 Dec 2013
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