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    What happens after partial colon removal?
    clpixie posted:
    A friend is facing the removal of about 2 feet of her colon, What should she expect afterward? Will she have to change her diet or lifestyle?
    mtngranny responded:
    In 1983, I had 18 inches of my sigmoid (left side) colon removed due to cancer. I did not have any radiation or chemotherapy. The cancer was confined inside the colon and had not spread.
    I have done great with no after effects. I have had only one small polyp in the years since. I try to watch my diet and do exercise, although, not as much as I should. I am now 70 years old. I have had breast cancer in 2006 and uterine cancer in 2007. I am doing very well at this time.
    Hope Uronis, MD, MHS responded:
    This is a difficult question to answer as it will all depend on how things go. Your friend may need to change some things initially, during the recovery period. However, there is a very good chance that she will have no long lasting effects from the surgery (though this somewhat depends on what part of the colon is going to be removed). I would recommend that your friend talk to her surgeon to be sure she knows what to look our for.
    Hope Uronis
    clpixie replied to mtngranny's response:
    Thank you for replying. It's nice to hear from others about their experiences. My friend was comforted to learn about someone else that had a similar surgery and came through fine. She had her surgery yesterday and is doing well.

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