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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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Gary, I had surgery the end of July 2004 and that is when colon cancer was discovered. It is normal to lose weight with abdominal surgery, and the surgeon said it can take up to a year to really start gaining weight. The colon has shifted because of the removed section, and the new area has to "learn" what the removed section did. It is not unusual to wait to see the oncologist and start chemo. I did see him while I was in the hospital, and then a few weeks after surgery. He wanted me to have a colonoscopy before they started chemo, and they had to make sure I was healed enough for that. I started chemo the beginning of October of that year. Usually you won't gain much if any weight during chemo-it depends on how it affects your appetite. Since chemo has ended mid May, I have gained about 17 pounds. Things can seem like they are moving slowly, but sometimes there is a reason-they want you to recover from surgery before starting. My thoughts are with you. Keep us informed about what is going on. There are many of us here who have been through this or are going through this, and we can empathize and hopefully answer your questions.

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