The Upshot:

Had the rectal ultrasound yesterday...was a great deal less pleasant than I had anticipated. I had assumed that the probe would be little more than a glorified marital aid, where in fact it was more like a steel rod with a bolt on the end of it. The one upside was that the enema preceding was kinda awesome as I was more than a little backed up back there.

The ultrasound showed that the tumor is...

  • 6cm from the anal verge and extends to 10cm, for a grand total of 4cm long.
  • 40% circumferential (confirming the initial colonoscopy results)
  • classified as T3/N1 (invasion through the subserosa/one to three nodes involved), putting me at Stage III.

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