Life After Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is a horrible disease. It affects many people all over the world is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the US. People who have been diagnosed with colon cancer can be treated using any or a combination of the following methods: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Surgery is the main treatment of colon cancer. A colon surgery involves making an incision on the abdomen of the patient and removing the diseased parts of the colon. Lymph nodes are also removed in order to prevent the spread of the cancer cells. After the areas with cancer are removed, the remaining parts of the colon are reconnected. After surgery, the doctor will often recommend chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the patient. This is to make sure that all cancer cells in the body of the patient are killed.
After intensive therapy, the patient will be well enough to get back to his life. Detected and treated early enough, colon cancer cannot affect the patient’s quality of life in the long run. If reconnection of the colon was not possible, the patient would have undergone an ileostomy. This is when an end of the colon is brought to the surface of the abdomen so that waste can be removed from the body. This is not a debilitating condition. Many people who have undergone an iloestomy lead fruitful lives.