When you are dealing with a serious medical issue such as colon cancer , you are probably dealing with a lot of challenging situations. Sometimes, this means adjusting to life with a colostomy, a surgically created opening in your abdomen that takes over the job of your removed colon - expelling waste from your body.
Some specific questions related to living with a colostomy are: What can I eat? Can I still be as physically active? Will everyone know?
Diet Once given approval from your doctor to resume a regular diet, you are free to do just that - enjoy your regular diet. But things may be different for you. Sometimes, foods you used to love -or at least not give you any problems- affect you differently now that you have a different digestive tract. Trial and error is the approach many GI specialists recommend. Try what you want, if it affects you in ways you don't like, remove it from the roster.
Exercise After you are fully recovered from surgery, your doctor will likely encourage yo...
A shrewdly designed study adds support to the idea that vitamin D may play a role in breast and colon cancer risk reduction. The study has significant caveats worth noting, but it's being widely reported in the media without those caveats. Let's throw some bright light on it and determine what might be in it for you. Bottom line New evidence demonstrates the link between higher vitamin D levels, derived largely from exposure to sunlight, and lower risk of breast and colon cancers. This study in 50 words or less Scientists compared existing data on blood levels of a vitamin D by-product with sunlight/cloud cover maps and then to geographic breast and colon cancer rates. They used data gathered in winter, when sun exposure is lowest. They found a consistent link between low sun exposure/blood levels of D and higher cancer rates. Yes, but. . . There are good reasons to proceed with ca...
A colon resection is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of the large intestine. This may be necessary in the treatment of some serious medical conditions including colon cancer . Your doctor(s) may also recommend colon resection for a variety of other conditions including:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Actively bleeding arteriovenous (AV) malformations
Sound like getting part or all of your large intestine is a major deal? It is. But you can help achieve best outcomes, and get back to your old routine more quickly, if you plan ahead, communicate with your team, and recruit a great support network.
Good questions to ask your healthcare team as you begin to prepare for surgery include:
• What should I do to prepare for surgery? Should I be following any special diet? Quitting smoking?
• Will my insurance cover all parts of my treatment (surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization, etc)?
• If not, how much will this cost and do you offer...
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