What next? Confused about lymph node.
I have added this to nurses section too but thought I would add in here just in case anyone had any thoughts or knowledge etc. Thank k you!
Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to provide.
My mum had surgery in September to remove a rectal tumour (successfully) and is recovering well and currently on her second round of chemo.
However, two lymph nodes prior to the surgery had stood out as enlarged and needed to be removed but one was outside the surgical plain so is still there (it can’t be removed). 22 nodes were also removed with nearly half being positive.
This remaining node, (she has still not had follow up scans), could it have been treated by the 5 days of radiotherapy she had prior to surgery or by her chemo now? As it is inoperable, can it in any way be treated if it is cancerous? My mums colorectal nurse is fab and so helpful but she tries to keep me positive by not ‘racing ahead’. I understand this completely but I don’t want definite answers - just some more knowledge. It’s my way, I like knowing and I feel like as I’m my mums main support and eldest child with a very young family, I need to know potential options. I like to feel prepared for the worst as awful as that sounds.
Anyways I apologise if I’m asking things that are too broad or can’t be answered but I thought even some general details may help. The internet is a minefield and I’m even more lost after googling things!