A little background: At the age of 10, our hero's inflamed, near-bursting appendix was removed. The average adult appendix is less than 4" long; his juvenile appendix was about 11" (and would have been longer when fully grown). In other words, while his basic anatomical structures match other humans, the details may vary wildly.
So, when the doctors initially found the current tumor, they measured its location from the most obvious landmark, and said "15cm from point A, that should be a few cm beyond the rectum and into the sigmoid colon".
For me, that's actually only about halfway (!) along the rectum, which they discovered after inserting laparoscopes and other instruments, in preparation for the planned extraction.
That discovery changes the official diagnosis from colon cancer to rectal cancer, and *that* changes the standard treatment regimen, and all *that* means that the surgery-in-progress was stopped before the major action began.
So, I've got a few holes in my belly to heal, and will get a few more before this is done. Congratulations, Hero, bonus scars!
Because of the overall rectal length, he basics of the originally planned surgery -- that is, to remove the tumor along with a section of pipe above and below it, and then connect the remaining pipe ends -- are likely to be the basics of the soon-to-be-planned surgery, just working on a somewhat different kind of pipe.
Next steps can't be planned until more testing is done (primarily, an MRI with contrast), which will be upon availability of the necessary equipment, on or before Dec 6.
For now, I'm at home, recuperating from a smaller but still significant procedure.
Your continued prayers, spells, wishes, etc., are more than welcome and appreciated.
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