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Cancer: Colon Message Board


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I certainly don't mind you asking me questions. That's what we are all here for and hope it helps ease your worries some.

My cancer was in the same area. The Ascending area. Surgeon removed the cecum up about 12 inches. From my understanding and looking at pictures and what my doctor told me, the Ascending & cecum is all the way over on your right side down low. Your appendics is attached to it, too (they took that out as well). When they reattached, it was done up higher.

(I think it just seems like it should up high because when they do the colonoscopy, they have to go all the way around to get to the cecum.)

Again..this is what I went through and cannot guess what your Husband will hve done.

I was in the Hospital for 5 days (1 of those days was surgery day). The next day after surgery, they will get Bill up to walk around and again, I can't stress enough how important that is to get up and moving. Even though it will hurt for a while, it helps so much in the long run.

He will need someone home with him for the first week he is home. (I had someone for 5 days)

After 10 days at home, went back to surgeon to remove the staples and I haven't seen him since! He said I could drive as long as I was not taking pain pills. (opps..that's not right..I did see him to put the "port" in for Chemo)

You cannot lift anything over 15 lbs or get to "roudy" plus I had this "girdle" that went around my midrif to wear (so you won't get a hernia).
Just have to take it easy for the rest of the 6 weeks and even afterward. He'll know what he can or can't do.....Just a warning.......tell him not to do to much.....if he's tired....take a nap.

I have never napped before but I did this time and I seemed to heal faster!
I actually got into bed in the afternoon for a few hours. Felt much better. Walking helps a lot, too. Not only for cirulation but gets your bowl function back in shape. That didn't take long for me, either. A few weeks maybe but at no time did it hurt to go to the bathroom. The "runs" mostly. You actually get excited when there is some "substance" to it! Ha....

I did have gas and that was uncomfortable for awhile. It builds up so get it out as soon as your can.

I am going to have Chemo anywhere from 4-6 months. I understand it's a newer form where I have the IV for 3-4 hours every 3rd Tuesday then take Chemo pills for 14 days after that. That will be the hardest part but if I know it will kills any cancer cells...then I'm all for it...

I wouldn't think the Gall bladder should take anymore time to heal than the 6 weeks, either. (I had mine taken out in the 1970's)

I asked the doctor if he'd do a hysterictomy (while he was in there) but he said no (unless he saw something wrong with it)....Darn!

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions.
Claudia





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