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Hi Ron, and thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Hearing from others who have been in the same situation really helps, especially to somebody like me who is brand new to this, and I know I am going to have so many questions. As I mentioned, I don't know the size of my tumor yet, nor the stage that will be assigned. I guess I get that next week.

The doctor who did my colonoscopy said I would need the incision also, and seemed to be worried to tell my husband that I would have a scar. Good grief! Who cares about a scar? First of all, I am 65 years old and won't be wearing a bikini any time soon again and who wouldn't gladly welcome a scar as a trade-off for banishing cancer!

My tumor is in the ileocecal valve and I thought that was the mechanism that directed the feces into the colon. So if that is where my tumor is and they remove the valve and then reattach my intestines further up, I am wondering how I will regain normal functioning after the bag has been removed. (My doctor told me I would most likely wear one temporarily for 3-6 months depending on the rate of recovery.)

In any case, it sounds as if you had a fairly rough time of it with recovery, chemo, etc.. On the other hand it sounds as if it was well worth it. 12 years! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and would be pleased if I thought I had that much time.

Thanks again, Ron. until it happens to you, you don't realize how comforting it is to hear from others.

Marchhare
Hi Marchhare,
I was in a very similar situation to you with lots of questions. That was 3 years ago.

I had a colon resection done laproscopically. That does leave a smaller scar and my doctor said the recovery time was not significantly different. He also said that he would not know for sure if it would be done laproscopically until he was in there. If he needed to, he would do a full cut. He didn't think there was a lot of difference other than the scar size and the Lap surgery does take a lot longer time which is a disadvantage of the procedure.

I was in the hospital for a week. I was walking about 6 hours after the surgery. The sooner you can walk the better you will feel and the faster you will recover. Some people say chewing gum helps to get the system working again. I had very little pain and really boredom in the hospital was the biggest issue. Take some good books. I felt ready to come home after about 3 days, but the doctor kept me for a week.

Within a week I was walking the dog in the neighborhood and driving to the store. Basically I took it easy for a week. I was back at work after two weeks.

The important issue is if you have any spread to the lymph nodes and it is better if the take out and test a lot of them. The more the better. They took out 27 in my case and they were all clear. I had stage 2 tumor and it was classified as low grade. They said it was up to me if I wanted to take oral chemo, capecitabine (Xeloda) and I did. They recommended it to be on the safe side, but said it was not necessarily required. It is debatable if stage 2 benefits from chemo therapy. The oral pills are much easier to deal with. It was a 6 month course and the side effects were minimal.

That was 3 years ago and I have been fine and hope it stays that way. I hope it is for you as well. It is a very stressful thing to go through, but not to be feared as much as you might think at first. My life is back to normal completely and I am more careful with my health and diet which is a good thing. I wish you the best and will be hoping for things to go well for you.
[QUOTE=gwb123;4219096]Hi Marchhare,
I was in a very similar situation to you with lots of questions. That was 3 years ago.

I had a colon resection done laproscopically. That does leave a smaller scar and my doctor said the recovery time was not significantly different. He also said that he would not know for sure if it would be done laproscopically until he was in there. If he needed to, he would do a full cut. He didn't think there was a lot of difference other than the scar size and the Lap surgery does take a lot longer time which is a disadvantage of the procedure.

I was in the hospital for a week. I was walking about 6 hours after the surgery. The sooner you can walk the better you will feel and the faster you will recover. Some people say chewing gum helps to get the system working again. I had very little pain and really boredom in the hospital was the biggest issue. Take some good books. I felt ready to come home after about 3 days, but the doctor kept me for a week.

Within a week I was walking the dog in the neighborhood and driving to the store. Basically I took it easy for a week. I was back at work after two weeks.

The important issue is if you have any spread to the lymph nodes and it is better if the take out and test a lot of them. The more the better. They took out 27 in my case and they were all clear. I had stage 2 tumor and it was classified as low grade. They said it was up to me if I wanted to take oral chemo, capecitabine (Xeloda) and I did. They recommended it to be on the safe side, but said it was not necessarily required. It is debatable if stage 2 benefits from chemo therapy. The oral pills are much easier to deal with. It was a 6 month course and the side effects were minimal.

That was 3 years ago and I have been fine and hope it stays that way. I hope it is for you as well. It is a very stressful thing to go through, but not to be feared as much as you might think at first. My life is back to normal completely and I am more careful with my health and diet which is a good thing. I wish you the best and will be hoping for things to go well for you.[/QUOTE]





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