My partner had his results appointment yesterday following biopsy and MRI and CT scans. We have had the most awful two weeks fearing the absolute worst (as I know you've all been through too).
The biopsy actually showed no sign of cancer, although the surgeon said in his experience it is definitely cancer. Nothing bad seemed to show up on the scans apart from a very small shadow on the liver, which he said he wasn't remotely concerned about at this stage.
Surgery is booked in for 2 weeks time, and have been told to expect he may have a permanent bag due to the tumour being so low in his rectum, but he seems to have accepted that - he said he would wear one on his head if it meant he would be ok lol.
No mention of any chemo etc at the moment - not sure if this will be needed after.
Also no idea of staging, although the doctor said he was definitely looking to get it all removed during surgery.
Overall we are taking this news as a positive, we had feared the absolute worst regarding spread etc and we had the first reasonably peaceful nights sleep last night since the diagnosis.
Thank you to you all for providing a listening ear over the past two weeks, your advice and support has been invaluable in getting through a very frightening time.
Sending lots of thank you hugs your way