Hi. Thanks for the welcomes. A brief history: At age 67 had an emergency extended right hemicolectomy, only found after CT scan. Straight to theatre and all over in 3 hrs 31 minutes. No bag, but two pockets of infection which were dealt with. Surgery apparently just in time as there was a small perforation. 4 1/2 litres of liquid had built up and to quote the surgeon, 'that's the worst I've seen. Another night we could have lost you!' Sort of reassuring I suppose. Surgery was 13 Nov., 2013. All CEA tests since then good, colonoscopy 1 year later clear and 18 months CT scan also clear. Just passed the 2 year mark now. Just over 1 year after surgery had further op to repair large incisional hernia using mesh. Seems ok after 1 year, but a bulge which the surgeon says is fat. Both ops had infections in the scar and a dose of cellulitis for good measure. My concern now is the loose bowel movements still after 2 years. I take Konsyl D, a fibre supplement, but have been doing that only a month or so. I eat too much sweet stuff but no alcohol for almost 8 years now. Not a drop! (Yes, I was drinking a lot before that. Might have been part of the bowel cancer problem I'm told.)
That's it. Hope it wasn't too detailed or boring. I worry too much, but a five year worry is a bit much until the all clear signal. I'm wondering if 2 years is a milestone of any significance? The CEA tests are now 6 months and the consultant 9 I think. Best wishes to all and if you read this far, thank you! Hi Kiwi, where are you if it's ok to say on here?
Emergency extended rt hemi November 2013.
Complete blockage, small perforation.
22 Lymph nodes clear.
Yearly appts appts and 6 monthly CEA tests.
Incisional hernia repair, mesh Nov. 2014.
CEA 1.4 on 28/7/17
27/5/17. Gallbladder removed, open.
Good consultation Feb. 2017
CEA 1.7 on 16/11/17 colonoscopy ok Jan. 2018
Nurse pleased, March 2018. CEA 1.8. One more CEA test and hopefully last appt in November, 2018.
Prostate cancer, Gleason 7 (3+4) Sept. '18.