Problems after colorectal cancer

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Problems after colorectal cancer

by gardman10 on Tue Jun 19, 2018 03:01 PM

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Hello. I am an 80yo male. I was treated for colorectal cancer in 2007/2008.  Stage 2, 3.5 inches inside rectum. Given option of kemo & radiation w/ surgical removal post those treatments. The Dr who did the original Colonoscopy said he thought it could be removed via the rectum w/o going thru the stomach. I was pretty ignorant at the time and ended opting for Drs. choice(big mistake on my part) I had kemo & radiation and then the surgeon said my only option was removal thru the stomach w/permanant colostemy bag after. Needless to say, I was horrified and opted for a second opinion. The new surgeon said he would try to remove thru stomach w/o colostemy bag post. I had a temp colostemy bag w/ reversal post op. Dr apparently damaged sphinter nerves as I was left w/ no control over rectal functions. Dr said the control would return but it didn't so I ended up a recluse. Being a single man w/ no support I have to very carefully plan any outside activities to avoid accidents. Another surgeon I went to later said it looked like the first operation had been botched. Also since the treatment I am left w/ great fatigue and get exausted quickly if I try to do physical work. If I had it to do over again I would have insisted on the thru rectum removal and stayed away from the radiation as now I am mostly impotent.

RE: Problems after colorectal cancer

by boogie103 on Sat Sep 07, 2019 08:35 PM

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On Jun 19, 2018 3:01 PM gardman10 wrote:

Hello. I am an 80yo male. I was treated for colorectal cancer in 2007/2008.  Stage 2, 3.5 inches inside rectum. Given option of kemo & radiation w/ surgical removal post those treatments. The Dr who did the original Colonoscopy said he thought it could be removed via the rectum w/o going thru the stomach. I was pretty ignorant at the time and ended opting for Drs. choice(big mistake on my part) I had kemo & radiation and then the surgeon said my only option was removal thru the stomach w/permanant colostemy bag after. Needless to say, I was horrified and opted for a second opinion. The new surgeon said he would try to remove thru stomach w/o colostemy bag post. I had a temp colostemy bag w/ reversal post op. Dr apparently damaged sphinter nerves as I was left w/ no control over rectal functions. Dr said the control would return but it didn't so I ended up a recluse. Being a single man w/ no support I have to very carefully plan any outside activities to avoid accidents. Another surgeon I went to later said it looked like the first operation had been botched. Also since the treatment I am left w/ great fatigue and get exausted quickly if I try to do physical work. If I had it to do over again I would have insisted on the thru rectum removal and stayed away from the radiation as now I am mostly impotent.

I am just turning 67. I  was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in late 2015. I had chemo-radiation therapy in 2016. Upon completetion of my chemo and radiation, I had radiation to remove the cancer. During surgery it was discovered that the cancer was completely gone. The surgeon still removed half of my rectum and 10 inches of my colon. I was on a elostomy bag for three months and then it was removed. I now have to wear the disposable underware due to having accidents. I usually can make it to the bathroom in time if I am not too far away. It is hard to go out and enjoy life. My sisters are taking me to Europe this month. I hope I can find the bathrooms in time. I wish you well, I wish i had answers as to how to make life easier.

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