You might be able to find some information by searching in the CSN colorectal forum. My surgeon resected from both sides of my ileocecal valve, but left the valve, so I function normally (bless his heart, head and hands!)
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Questions
Asked by BeckyTice on Sunday, March 17, 2013
The surgeon that I saw Friday says they will be removing the valve. How does the backflow control happen without the valve there?
2 Answers from the Community
I talked to my primary care doctor. She says it's not necessary to have it. So I'm good with that. Just for kicks... here's the link that I found on the topic. http://digestiveawareness.drupalgardens.com/content/ileocecal-valve-preventing-backflow
I also went back to the radiologist and asked them to look at my CAT Scan again. The report said my appendix was normal, but I had it removed 30 years ago. I had a lythrotrypsy [sp?] back in December too and the report said I had bilateral kidney stones. I just asked them to give the disk a second look. They said they would be happy to do so. I really like my radiologist.... and the report was rushed, so now they have some time to comment on those two things.
I met with the oncologist today. He's a real nice guy and seems to be very smart. He's local so I won't have to travel very far to see him. He ordered some more blood work. CEA? Blood Chemistry and CBC. He also order a chest CAT Scan. Said he doesn't expect my cancer to be a stage 4 or 5.... so that's excellent news to spend the rest of the week with.
I've got a notebook and I'm keeping notes.... yippee.... control is a good thing....