Jun 18, 2003 - 4:40 pm
Hi...I have posted before in regards to my Dad and his diagnosis of rectal cancer. He finished his 6 wks of radiation and chemo and just met with the surgeon today. The surgeon told him that because the tumor was so low in the rectum he would have to take the whole thing out, leaving my dad with a permanent colostomy.
My questions....how bad will a colostomy be? Will he have to discontinue all the activities he enjoys now (fishing, hunting, swimming and playing ball with the grandkids)? Also, will he be able to enjoy all the foods he is able to eat now? And one more question...I hesitate to bring it up....but...what about sex? Also...is he going to smell becase of the bag? I know these are the questions he is asking...can anyone out there shed some light on this situation? He is scared to death and wondering if having the surgery is worth it. Just so you know...he is 54 years old and in excellent health otherwise.
If anyone can share their experiences, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.