• Colon cancer question

    Asked by Terri on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    Colon cancer question

    My mother is having a bowel resection on Monday for a very large fist sized tumor in her lower colon, next to her appendix. She is 83. Any advice? I am her primary caretaker.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      This is a major surgery. It will probably take her a while to recover. Be patient with her, yet encourage her to try to sit up and walk if she can. Sitting up and walking help prevent blood clots in the legs - a pretty common complication of a surgery like this. Best wishes.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Compression stockings can help prevent blood clots. Ask her doctor.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Ask the medical team for suggestions, as they have probably dealt with something similar. Most facilities have patient and caretaker advisors and advocates who can be a wealth of knowledge.

      After any surgery, infection and bleeding are the enemy. Thus, it is crucial to interact with the surgical team regarding any problems and to ensure that her temperature is monitored and meds are given on schedule.

      about 1 month ago

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