Mar 28, 2003 - 2:20 pm
My wife has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and about three weeks ago finished her treatment of chemo/radiation. On April 14, she is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor (which was shrunk by the treatment). The prognosis is "excellent," for which we are most thankful. But my wife is bothered by the thought of the colostomy. Her surgical oncologist is cautious, sayiing he doesn't know if she will only need a temporary one or a permanent one (or maybe none at all). Surgery, of course, will tell. In the meantime, can anyone help my wife by relating his or her experience with a colostomy. How troublesome is it, etc.? Just knowing what she faces will help set her mind at ease. Thank you all very much.