APR surgery

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Deborah614
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APR surgery

Postby Deborah614 » Sun May 31, 2015 10:30 pm

I posted a cry for help several weeks ago about making the decision whether to have apr surgery or take a watch and wait approach. The advice given was to have the surgery and so I had it done last Thursday 05/28. <Ouch> I'm glad you talked me into it and you were right, I'm sitting and walking already and might be released from the hospital tomorrow. All my vitals are normal and my pain is tolerable now, but my stoma hasn't done its thing yet except release bowel sweat. How long before it works? Will they keep me here until it does? Any suggestions on care or concerns from the true experts that are on here? I'll totally trust your advice, so thank you.
-deb-
dx 12/17/14
stage 2 rectal cancer T3N0M0
standard treatment 28 days radiation w/xeloda, surgery, 8 rounds Folfox
22 shots neupogen 32 days in hospital for infections
60 years old
mother of 6, grandmother of 10, wife of 1 for 35 years
Jeremiah 29:11
05/28/15 APR, Barbie butt, permanent colostomy
May 2016 Cat scans NED!
May 2016 mammogram
June 2016 invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer left breast stage1
August3 '16 mastectomy with reconstruction, genetic screening scheduled

MSJC
Posts: 158
Joined: Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:31 am
Location: Ashland City, Tn.

Re: APR surgery

Postby MSJC » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:38 am

That's the way it went for me, wouldn't release me till things started moving through. It took a while, but it did happen. Good luck!
Mike, 49 y/o at Dx 1/14 stage 3c
low rectal cancer 7 nodes positive
2/14 5 weeks chemo/rad. 5-fu
4/14 Lar gallbladder removed,
temp ileostomy
5/14 8 rds Folfox
10/14 reversal surgery
5/15 clean colonoscopy
6/15 clean ct scan

JJ2212
Posts: 268
Joined: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:54 pm
Location: Montréal, QC

Re: APR surgery

Postby JJ2212 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:09 am

Yeah, I doubt they'll let you out until you've passed more than stoma sweat. They really shouldn't IMO. Mine started working around 4 days post-op.

I'm glad you're feeling well. Keep walking but also take it easy when you get home. Recovery can have its up and downs. Don't be too hard on yourself if you have a bad day.

Take care!

Janie
Rectal cancer dx 04/13 @ 42, MSS, KRAS positive
T3N2M1 (1 lung met)
5 weeks xeloda+radiation finished 07/13
APR 9/13 (permanent colostomy), 27/31 nodes positive :-(
12 rounds of FOLFOX 04/14
Lung met growth 11/14
26 cycles Regorafenib (Stivarga) from 11/15 to 01/17
New lung met and chest/neck lymph nodes 01/17
1 cycle Folfiri

Deborah614
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:24 am
Facebook Username: Deborah Melchi

Re: APR surgery

Postby Deborah614 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:09 pm

Thank you for responding. I am not having a good day today. My bladder won't work. They put the catheter back in and called in a urologist, and I'm betting on radiation damage. It's been giving me problems since mid March. The stoma is blowing gas bubbles for me. It's kind of sweet. What an adventure. <sigh>
dx 12/17/14
stage 2 rectal cancer T3N0M0
standard treatment 28 days radiation w/xeloda, surgery, 8 rounds Folfox
22 shots neupogen 32 days in hospital for infections
60 years old
mother of 6, grandmother of 10, wife of 1 for 35 years
Jeremiah 29:11
05/28/15 APR, Barbie butt, permanent colostomy
May 2016 Cat scans NED!
May 2016 mammogram
June 2016 invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer left breast stage1
August3 '16 mastectomy with reconstruction, genetic screening scheduled


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