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How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby kc1948 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:42 pm

How long after your colon resection did your digestion get back to normal?
Friend has cancer, not me
69 yo female with T4bN0M0, stage II
Dx Sep 2017, colon resection Oct 2017

sofarsogood
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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby sofarsogood » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:03 pm

Hate to say it but about a year.
Dx Sept. '10, age 49
Surgery Sept."10
Stage IIA
NED so far

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby Beckster » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:24 am

kc1948 wrote:How long after your colon resection did your digestion get back to normal?



Yes, up to one year.
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (pre-op)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
lymph nodes: 0/24
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17, 12/12/17 CT Scan NED :D
CEA- 6/17- 3.6, 9/17- 2.8 12/17-2.8
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17 :D

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mmblz
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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby mmblz » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:01 am

About 5 days for me...
38yo married 13 years. 4 kids 9, 7, 5, 3
2015-09-21 colonoscopy finds tumor in sigmoid, partial obstruction
2015-09-22 CT no mets, path G2 adenocarcinoma, CEA 1.2
2015-09-29 lap hemicolectomy at MSKCC
2015-10-06 pT3 N1a M0 stage IIIB
2015-10-22 folfox started - 12 rounds, last 4 no oxaliplatin
2016-10-27 clear CT !

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby mpbser » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:32 pm

From the replies so far, as you can see recovery varies widely from person to person. The type of resection also plays a big role. My husband had almost his entire colon removed a couple months ago, with the rectum intact and no stomy. He still has diarrhea but otherwise he felt back to normal a couple of weeks after surgery.
Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 - Lap left hemi
Adenocarcinoma
5 x 4 x 1 cm
low grade
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
lymph nodes: 9 of 54
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm width T1 N0
CEA: 1.4 Pre-op; 2.1 2 days Post-op
MSS/MSI-L
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry: Normal expression of MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
Tumor DNA variants: MTOR, APC, TP53

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby CaliforniaBagMan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:45 pm

I'm 10 years out this month and never did get back to ... "normal."

I function fine and do most anything I want to do. But I had a severe response to chemo/rad, which triggered joint damage. With light use of painkillers, I can get through most days with a near normal schedule. But it is up and down. Some days I just want to sit on the couch. And anything that requires crawling around a bit saps my energy quickly. My docs are baffled that chemo/rad triggered what it did. Oh well.

No complaints. Fifty years earlier, I would probably be dead. So ... you keep going forward and adapt.
CT guided biopsy on mass - still NED !!!
CT scan finds new 2x3cm mass on 10/09
APR surgery 11/07; NED thereafter
Folfox/radiation 9/07-10/07
DX Stage III rectal cancer 7/07

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby NZJay » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:50 pm

Nearly 4 years out and I have not returned to how I was before cancer/surgery. But my 'new normal' is quite tolerable.
11-13 Dx CC
SPS T4b(touched stomach organ),N1(3/23),M0(Stage 3B)
11-13: resect + partial gastrect
2-14: 1 Tx Cape + Oxy; renal failure, colitis
4-14: 7 Tx Capecitabine
1-15: clear CT
7-15: clear scope
1-16: clear CT
3-17: clear CT
10-17: clear scope (5 year gap now!)
CEA@dx: 8.4 / 6-15: 4.0 / 10-15: 4.2 / 2-16: 4.9 / 7-16: 4.9 / 11-16: 5.0 / 6-17: 4.5
NED since resection

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby horizon » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:39 pm

It was several weeks for me.
I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 6 years NED). Is this real life?

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby O Stoma Mia » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:34 pm

For me it took about 4.5 years, with an initial plateau of improvement at around 1 year, and another, higher plateau at around 3 years.

My initial treatment for T4bN0M0 tumor included radiation, surgery, and adjuvant chemotherapy, and all three of these impacted bowel management adversely.
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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby nomoretacos » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:26 pm

It's funny I remember whilst in hospital after the resection a doctor saying things (bms) won't ever be as they were before but she was wrong. I'm actually having better bms now than before resection and don't experience things like urgency or anything else untoward. It's hard to say how long it took because the advised low residue diet post surgery made me constipated as did chemo (compaction eww). But once chemo finished, my appetite was great, I could add fibre to my diet and haven't looked back since.

I had an laparoscopic anterior resection of my sigmoid colon, i believe they removed 10cm in total, so i'm thinking its pretty minor compared to others and might be why I don't have issues.
03/16 Dx Stage IIIC, sigmoid resection surgery,T3 N2b M0, 7/20 nodes, 4 tumor deposits, CEA 3.7, age 31
04-10/16 Folfox with delays and reductions
10/16 Post chemo CT scan shows two non specific spots (one liver, one lung)
11/16 Port removed
12/16 CEA 0.9
09/17 NED

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby muskokamike » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:41 pm

NZJay wrote:Nearly 4 years out and I have not returned to how I was before cancer/surgery. But my 'new normal' is quite tolerable.


Exactly the same for me also.
53M Dx rc10/31/13
and a huge WTF?....then
CT scan, BONE scan
MRI/T3N0M0 1 suspicious node
5 wks chemo/rad
LAR open TME 2/26/14
temp ileo
0/24 nodes pCR - pathological
Mop up Folfox (8) Mar/28-Jul/4
Aug/14 clear CT scan
8/27/14 reversal
Feb/15 clear scope
July/15 clear CT scan
Feb/16 clear CT scan
Feb/17 clear CT scan
CEA levels 1.6 dx
1.6,1.4,1.7,2.4,2.9, 2.7 2.3 2.5 2.2
2.1 Aug 17
0-4 normal

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby macpudd » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:45 am

Three years since surgery, had 46cm removed and some omentum. Like some of the above posters, I can do most things and eat most things I want but it is definitely different than before surgery. Some days have urgency after eating and need to be careful when eating out and at work, energy level certainly not what it was but with scheduling and I only work part-time now so I get by. The worst aspect is abdominal pain which I am told comes from adhesions and I regularly take opiate based medication for this, which has its own side effects.
However it seems to be a very individual thing, from talking to others at my local cancer support center, who have had similar surgery, most would say they have largely returned to what they were before surgery.
Regards
Macpudd
Dx 10/13/2014 right hemicolectomy 10/15/2014 pT4b N0 M0
Folfox x12 from Dec 2014 to July 2015
cea pre surgery 1.6 after .6
01/16/18 tonic seizure hospital admission
01/17/18 ct and mri 2cm met on left side of brain commenced anti epileptic and steroids and insulin.

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby Tiss » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Still trying to figure out food and diet and bowels 17 months after a right hemicolectomy. Frustrating but I try to remember it can always be worse.

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Re: How long after colon resection did you feel back to normal?

Postby Tdubz » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:52 pm

I’m the exact opposite as most of you. I had diarrhea almost everyday for years before I was diagnosed. I’d go to the doctor just to be told I had IBS. Finally they found that I was anemic and that’s basically how my cancer was discovered. After my surgery, everything went back to normal. I can actually go out and do things now without having to know where the bathroom is at all times.


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