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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): This is the price to you pay when you battle cancer. I highly suggest the use of a mediport. Did not allow just any doctor to perform the procedure. You want a doctor who is a member of the radiology department who performs this procedure on a regular basis.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)): Dr. Andrew Richards, my colon surgeon, did a fantastic job. I was lucky in that the colon tumor was easily operable. I did not need a colostomy. I did have a Foley catheter for about two weeks: the colon had impinged the bladder and the bladder required resection. I also had to do deal with a Jackson-Pratt drain. This is a bulb using simple suction that drains the blood and liquids that accumulate after a colon or lower GI resection. They were removed two weeks after the surgery. While the Foley wasn't too bad coming out, the JP drain was very painful, but only for a very short time. The incision was bothersome because it was located in such a way that my pant's belt lay directly over it. It took almost two months for that irritation to pass.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Was one of those lucky ones who get colon cancer anytime (prior to age 50). Had the cancer long enough that it metastisized into the liver.

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