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Colon Cancer Surgery And Lifespan
Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more
Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details. ...Read more
Surgery cost: The hospital bill depend on the type of colon cancer surgery. There is very little transparency in these fees. Most hospitals will give you an estimate if they know the surgeons procedure code. Open surgery is likely less expensive than laparoscopic or robotic surgery because the equipment charges are less. The most imporant thing is the quality of the surgeon, see if they can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colostomy : A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin. A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year(s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood cea testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more
Depends on recovery: After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well. Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.
Post-op Rash: Depending if the rash is local to the colon surgery site or more generalized around her body would mean different things. Also radiation and chemotherapies also produce long term rash formations. Long standing, chronic, recurring or changing rashes (color, size and pain are examples of changes) should probably be biopsied for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
In the past 4 months, a family member has had colon cancer surgery, a permanent catheter, chemo, a severe UTI and 3 hospitalizations. Is it appropriate to diagnose him/her at age 83 with dementia when he/she has never forgotten a friend or family member's
Probably not: When chronically ill, someone can at least temporarily lose cognitive functions they previously had, or have dysfunction in memory, concentration, judgment, etc. With what your relative has been experiencing it's possible his/her mental functioning could be impacted (delirium). This is treated by addressing the underlying medical causes, and hopefully previous functioning will return. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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