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    Luannguuen asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Biopsy after surgery

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      carm

      @BarbarainBham,
      Swollen or inflamed lymph nodes are a sign of infection or a foreign invader. It could be anything from cancer to a virus or bacteria. The lymph nodes are where foreign cells are sent when they are marked for destruction. T cells invade the node and destroy the invader and rid the body of it. It does not necessarily mean there is cancer cells, it could also mean there is an infection process at play. I hope this-helps you.

      almost 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      I second Geekling's advice. You need to get a professional interpretation of the report. Handing you the report and expecting you to know what it means that is like handing someone a list of ingrediants and expecting them to bake a cake. Dr.s are paid big bucks to do this for you.

      almost 3 years ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Luannguuen, I agree with Geekling and BoiseB that you should ask your doctor if you don't understand what he says about your medical condition. He has your medical records, and it's his job to tell you how you are doing.

      Carm, thank you for all the info. Every time I have a CT scan, I have swollen nodes in different places.

      almost 3 years ago
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    Luannguuen asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Second surgery to reverse the colostomy

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      Jayne

      Hi, my reversal was more like 8 months (at my insistence - I was allergic to the glue that held the bag in place) after the lower anterior resection to remove the tumor. I suppose the reversal dates may have a lot to do with the initial surgery but I recall my surgeon not being all that anxious to do that until everything settled down. For something this critical, if you are at all concerned it is happening too soon, a second opinion would be in order. Or just have an open conversation and express your concerns/questions.

      about 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      My ex-husband had non-cancer colon surgery to remove two large ulcers. He did not have resection surgery for almost three months. However he was in poor health due to alcoholism and other substance abuse.

      about 3 years ago
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      I also had reversal (resection) also about seven weeks after my initial surgery and all went well and it has now been over four years with no issues. So, you should also be fine. Of course this has no bearing on the over all after effects of the surgery itself as with me there is now a "new normal" with my bowels, which in itself improves over time. Keep the faith.

      about 3 years ago
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