Cancer :: Neuroendocrine Tumor (Carcinoma)

Dec 28, 2015

In 2013 I was diagnosed with N.E.T. malignant of the ilium where small intestine meet large intestine.  They found it during a colonoscopy, when they did the surgery to remove they found one more tumor in the appendix.  The tumor in the intestine was 3 cm and the one the the appendix was 1 cm. The one in the intestine went through the wall so they took lymph nodes 12 found only 11 - 1+ , so they said they needed to keep an eye on me for 2 years.  These are they results of my chromogranin test which don't make sense to me???

Close to surgery date when I had 2 positive tumors

Chromogranin A

9/13   53.    <93
2/14.  97.    <93
4/14.  76.    <93
7/14.  60.    <93
7/15.  92.    <93

With the 7/15 test they found 3 enlarged lymph nodes around the surgery area during the C.A.T. scan but very slightly enlarged like 2 mm enlarged each not enough for him to worry. But he's going to retest in January, he said it might be just an infection around the surgical site.  But he did a full blood work up and my count wasn't up.  

During the 2 years since the surgery I have had extreme pain in the surgical site and in another site in there they've done all external testing they can but when I suggested a colonoscopy to view the surgical site they said my Oncologist said one was not needed to view tumors.  

I asked my primary care doctor to speak to the gastrointestinal doctor and they refused to do the test. So I went outside the hospital that did my surgery they refused to do the test saying go back to the place you had your previous test done. So how do I know if this is from the surgical site or the lymph nodes since when I actually had to malignant tumor's my levels were within normal range?

If you need to know more please ask .  At this point I'm having a very hard time trusting my physician care.  

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I still had prescription for two packs of Scheriproct suppositories and ointment, so I decided to use it again and see if it ceases the itching, bleeding and the irritation, and if the External Hemorrhoids vanished. I used them all and every symptoms were gone. And now after 6 weeks, less or more maybe. I got the symptoms again. This time with blood again, irritation and itching, but not so much as it used to.

I want to point out that I am not so active anymore, I used to play for a football team and was a very active person til age 19. At age 19 everything changed. I quit being active and got lazy after going into a relationship, started to drink alcohol at that age and started to party alot and drink a lot of alcohol at the parties.

Before I was symptom free my diet was terrible, I used to workout 3 to 4 times a week (3 years ago), it was very on and off with the workouts so I still had symptoms then, like itching, irritation and bleeding(fresh red blood). My stool used to always be hard and I went to the toilet few times a week (2/3 times a week). I also used to sit on the toilet for over a long time(which is not good at all because of the pressure it puts around the muscles of my anus). I used to work as a checkout employee on a supermarket where I sat for almost 8 hours.

Right before I got the symptoms again after I was done with Scheriproct, I had bowel movement almost everyday and my stool used to be soft. No pain or itching, no irritation and external hemorrhoids. No blood at all and the time I used on the toilet was reduced extreamly to finish my bowel movement in maximum 5 minutes (usually 2 to 3 minutes). Then the day came when I had not a bowel movement for 3 or 4 days after eating alot of Pizza and meat I went in to the toilet and pressed a little to get some poop out because I was afraid of having hard stool again, but after that day the symptoms returned.

Here is a list of the symptoms I got, symtoms I had and symptoms which I never had.

Symptoms I have(+) had(-), never had(x)

+ Itching (not so often as before)
+ Irritation (not so much as before)
+ Blood on toilet paper and poop (fresh red)
+ Sweet, but an awful scent from poop (Don't know the reason, maybe because of the blood coming in contact with the poop)
+ Clumps on anus (External Hemorrhoids)

(+/-) Hard Stool, not so hard as it used to be and sometimes not hard at all and normal(feels great).. Last bowel movement = Hard to begin with then got softer.

- Used to bleed a lot and get fever

x NO Black Poop
x NO Weight loss
x NO pain in the abdomen
(I can't think of any other symptoms at the moment that I had or never had, sorry)

I have recently changed my diet and started to workout properly(second session today). I eat more vegetable food and drink a lot of hot drinks and water. I also eat fruit and the result was my stool was still a little bit hard to begin with, did not struggle getting it out and there was blood again(not much, but with that sweet and awful scent), but it has only been 2 days since the other bowel movement when the symptoms returned so maybe it has not healed up yet and that my diet has not taken effect yet, after all I ate many non fiber rich food these last days before changing my diet!

I am truly sorry for an extremely long post, just wanted to lay out all of the details.

By the way I have a question: If I have Colon Cancer, would I always have blood on my stool when I first have it or will it cease to bleed sometimes? As I mentioned, I was symptom free with no blood after using Scheriproct suppositories and ointment and was symptom free 3 more weeks without Scheriproct.

I am planning on visiting my doctor and let him take a look. I even took pictures of my anus as it is now to show him incase I chicken out to show him.

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I am scared, as I don't know if it is a hemorrhoid, or cancer. I'm only sixteen, but the young age at which my father was diagnosed(Note that he was diagnosed, not that he got it at 32), worries me. My girlfriend has asked me several times to go to the doctor, as she had a look, and she described it as "not normal looking", and said it looked swollen.

I hope you will be able to give me an answer from the information provided.

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