• My daughter has Metastatic colon cancer. We don't know if she should remove the whole colon or resection.

    Asked by freegrl on Sunday, September 16, 2012

    My daughter has Metastatic colon cancer. We don't know if she should remove the whole colon or resection.

    We have had conflicting opinions on this.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Vivenia's Avatar

      In my mind there are only two reasons a doctor would recommend complete removal of the colon, either the colon is too damaged to save, or the risks of the healthy colon developing cancer are very high. I would talk to the doctor recommending complete removal and see what the reasoning behind this decision would be. I also think that having the gene test done first would more clearly show what the risks of future cancer developing in the remaining healthy colon.

      about 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I would first ask both doctors separately to explain why they recommended what they did. You and your daughter have a right to an explanation that you can understand. Ask questions until you understand everything they tell you. If the correct path is still not clear then ask the doctors to talk to each other to see if they can reach a consensus and have one or both explain the consensus.

      about 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I agree with the answers below. If you do go the route of removing the entire colon and she gets an ileostomy, there is lots of support out there. Many young people with irritable bowel have to have an ileostomy in order to live a normal life. I had a temporary ileostomy and I thought there was no way I was going to be able to do the things I enjoyed doing but really, there isn't anything you can't do with an ileostomy.

      Good luck to your daughter.

      about 4 years ago
    • Stella's Avatar

      I have a permanent colostomy. I am adjusting, but it was very difficult at first. I can not imagine being faced with all this at your daughter's young age. Sounds like she definitely needs more information in order to make the best decision for herself. If this helps..... I am happy to have the permanent colostomy since I feel it reduces my chance of getting cancer again.

      about 4 years ago

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