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Colon Cancer

4 Jul 2019 21:15

Hi, my wife was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with a cancerous lump in the lower part of her bowel, they rushed her into surgery a week later and she is now home after a 5 hour session on the table. She is in good spirit and we decided to face it head on and deal with what ever gets thrown at us with a positive attitude. This is all good and well, however we have not yet had a response on whether or not the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and therefore we cannot plan anything. I wander has anyone else had something similar that has recovered. If so how long did it take to regain strength? My wife is 37, we have 2 beautiful children and I need her to bounce back to be her usual self as best as possible. Many thanks in advance for any info.

Colon Cancer

7 Jul 2019 11:39 in response to Papasmurf

Hello Papasmurf, 

I am sorry to hear about your wife's diagnosis at such a young age I hope she is recovering well from the surgery - it was certainly a long operation and I hope she is resting well. It's nice to hear that she is in good spirits. I am sure your support means a lot to her and that she really appreciates you being there by her side. It must be nerve racking though not to know yet whether the cancer has spread I hope you will find out very soon what the results are. 

I hope you will hear from others here who have had similar surgery before and that they will share their recovery stories with you. We have detailed information on surgery for colon cancer here and you might also be interested to read more about what tends to happen after surgery on this page.

@JessieD ‍ also had bowel cancer surgery a few months ago at a very young age so hopefully she will pop by and share her story with you. You can read her forum thread here.

Sending you positive vibes wishing your wife a speedy recovery and that she bounces back in no time. Keep us updated if you can when you find out more. We'll be thinking of you both. 

Best wishes, 

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator

Colon Cancer

16 Jul 2019 21:52 in response to Moderator Lucie

Thanks for the response. We have been referred to an an encologist as they say the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. However that meeting isn’t for 2 weeks. Really unfair, we are sat in the unknown, why would they make us wait all this time? We need to know what’s going on, can anyone offer any advice?

 

thanks

Colon Cancer

27 Jul 2019 13:13 in response to Papasmurf

Hi, I dont really know where I am at with coloncancer I have had my bowel resection done now just awaiting the results to find out if it has spread. just wanted to send massive amounts of love. reasons you may be waiting is because your wife needs to heal some from the surgery before other steps can be taken. I have a 2 to 3 week wait till I find out but my consultant said its just so if other treatment is to happen I will be strong enough. breathe deep its a process and please keep us updated, I am cheering you all on xxxxx 

Colon Cancer

27 Jul 2019 16:13 in response to Dandelios

Thanks for the message, so we had a meeting last week and 2 of the 33 lymph nodes showed cancerous cells so she now has a 3 month course of Chemo. Fingers crossed. We still remain very positive. Treatment starts a week on Wednesday.

Colon Cancer

29 Jul 2019 06:00 in response to Papasmurf

Sounds like you got seen earlier than you expected. its a scary time but you are stronger than you think and heres hoping it all turns out really well for you.. xxxx

Colon Cancer

31 Jul 2019 09:14 in response to Papasmurf

Hey, sounds like we had similar surgery (im 36) , i had a left hemi-colectomy  as i had a polyp that had turned into a cancer that was back in May i had my surgery and i had 14 lymph nodes removed and 1 was found to be positive so i had to have Chemo..... which was started in early July. 

Im having 4 rounds of oxaliplatin which is the drip and then take a load of capacetabine tablets 12 hours apart, just had my second dose now and dont feel to bad generally.

My advice would be to keep your heads up and smile Happy  people who know what your going through will think your nuts which is fun but go out and do the things you used to do and dont let it control you, watch some motivational vids on you tube (bit cheesy but does get you revved up lol) theres also some good instagram survival accounts where people post thier success stories (because google is generally full of negativity, hospital visits sometimes aswell but thats another topic.... lol) 

Ayways thats enough of me babbling on lol 

 

Colon Cancer

29 Aug 2019 21:55 in response to Papasmurf

Hi,

I was also diagnosed with bowel cancer in the lower part of my colon on 8th December 2018.  I had an anterior resection on 8th January to remove tumour and now have an ileostomy bag, which I am waiting for a reversal now.  I had chemotherapy for 3 months which was 4 cycles. I was 37 when diagnosed and have two children too.  Reading your post was so similar to my journey.  I wish you and your wife all the best, and please ask any questions, if I can answer them I will.

 

 

Colon Cancer

30 Aug 2019 19:31 in response to Vicki14

Hi, hope it's okay to jump on this post. I was diagnosed with bowel cance 10 weeks ago aged 31 and have had the surgery to remove it. I am also on the oxalaplin and capacetabine, I was just hoping you can let me know if you have down days? I feel as tho I don't like to talk to my family as I don't want to worry them but sometimes selifshy I have the why me moment's! Not sure if this is normal.

 

Thanks x

Colon Cancer

15 Sep 2019 21:02 in response to Sarah88

Hi Sarah88 hope you don’t mind me asking but what were your symptoms? Such a strong person to go through this at 31! I have a 10cm by 9cm tumour between my uterus and rectum. At first I was told it was in my uterus, had the camera up there to take a look and nowhere to be seen. However I’m having extreme constipation then a few weeks later uncontrollable diarrhoea. I’m adamant it’s more in my colon/back passage then near my uterus. I’m waiting for an mri to see exactly where it is as on an ultrasound it looked in my uterus but it definitely is not. Hope you hear from you x 

Colon Cancer

16 Sep 2019 10:58 in response to heleskings

Hi there, no problem at all, the only symptoms I had were bleeding when going the toilet, going toilet about 10 times a day which were very loose stools. It's quite embarrassing as sometimes I would literally have to run the toilet. I had blood test and stool tests which came back fine so if you believe you need further investigation make sure you keep going. My cancer was extremely low in my rectum, it was 10cm up from my back passage. the lady who done my camera stopped it straight away as it was so low. I had the MRI and CT scan too please keep me updated and if you need anything please let me know.

Keep strong x

Colon Cancer

16 Sep 2019 18:07 in response to Sarah88

Spotted it sorry not stopped it x

Colon Cancer

16 Sep 2019 23:38 in response to Sarah88

My bloods all came back fine and nearly did t go for colonoscopy as thought it couldn’t be anything too bad if my bloods were fine, so glad my husband persuaded me to go as it picked up mine low in the rectum too.  I had anterior resection in January and have a ileostomy and 3 months of chemo which finished in May, got a pre op tomorrow for reversal of stoma, operation date 1st nov

Colon Cancer

17 Sep 2019 06:43 in response to Vicki14

Good luck with your pre op, i was extrem lucky and my surgeon preformed my anterior resection without having a stoma, how did you find the chemo? I've just had my 3rd treatment Friday and haven't felt great, did you find it got worse the more you had? X

Colon Cancer

17 Sep 2019 06:56 in response to Sarah88

Thank you for your reply. Due a telephone call about an mri any time today thank god. Hope you ladies are feeling well today. Thinking of you x