The surgeon performed a digital (finger, not computerised) inspection of my rectum and found the tumour has not totally disppeared but is reduced and hardened up, ready for excision.
The surgeon will examine the CT scan of the liver taken in Christchurch on 24 September to confirm the state of the liver. He will also obtain a chest x-ray to ensure there are no other metastases lurking anywhere else.
Provided all the x-rays and scans show no abnormalities, he will operate on the rectum in the hope of leaving my body cancer-free by December. The operation is scheduled for the last week of November.
He expects recovery from the operation to be slow as though radiation therapy may be good at shrinking tumours, it also impedes the healing processes within the body. He has told me this knowing that I like to be leaping out of bed a few days after surgical procedures!
Will keep you posted.