• During chemo for Ovarian Cancer, I had to have a temporary colostomy. I now want a reversal.

    Asked by Lottiestuff on Friday, January 18, 2013

    During chemo for Ovarian Cancer, I had to have a temporary colostomy. I now want a reversal.

    Has anyone else dealt with this issue as to how long to wait before having the reversal done. My last chemo was April 25, 2012 and have had two CT scans that are fine and my C125 blood test have been good.

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    • Harry's Avatar

      This is one that you should be asking your doctors about. I don't think anyone here would know enough about your individual situation to advise you. I can certainly appreciate your desire to get it reversed as soon as possible. I would explain this to the doctor and see what the doc says. Sometimes it really helps to tell them why you want something done.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lottiestuff's Avatar

      My Oncologist told me she thought I could go ahead with it but my Gyn/Oncol/surgeon said to wait at least a year. Just would like to know if anyone else had it done and in what time frame

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Lottiestuff, Hello my name is Carm and I am an oncology nurse that specializes in gyne cancers. Harry is correct, this is a conversation that should be had between you and a doctor. I would suggest you find a colorectal surgeon if you do not have one already. Generally it is these surgeons who know how to reverse colostomys, or at the very least internalize a colostomy with an S or J pouch. Congratulations on the great scans and markers. I'm sure that your oncologist will help you with this issue and best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Well, again I think you should be talking about this with that surgeon. I don't think the surgeon will be impressed with any number of other patients who say that they got rid of the colostomy in less than a year. Try to talk and find out what the surgeon's concerns are and tell him or her what your concerns are. Is there any way to satisfy both of you? The only other thing you can do is find a different surgeon but I suspect that may be difficult at this stage.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hi Lotti.... I'd find the doctor Cam is suggesting and get at it. Heck... three months after I finished my chemo for Ovarian Cancer. I had my right knee replaced and six weeks later I had the left knee replaced. My oncologist cheered me on. I told him if I was going to live.... I was going to walk... It's 7 years later. CA125 is 5 and PET CT still 100% clear.

      almost 4 years ago

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