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What to expect

Hi I have just been diagonised with bowel cancer in one of the glands removed during laparoscopic surgery. I have not had any information from surgeon as he said I need time to heal from surgery and then discuss chemo. Does anyone know what happens as I am still shaken.
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Hi, I am sorry to hear about the finding and that you are left hanging with not knowing. First a few questions- have you had bowel cancer removed before and this was follow up procedure or was this found whilst investigating for something different? Have you had scans yet to see if there is cancer elsewhere? Cancer in 'glands' probably means cancer in lymph nodes which means it has spread outside of its original location. This used to be a terrible diagnosis but many times now it is not. All depends on what your scans have shown. I wish I could say more.
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Hi I have not had anything I has a polyp removed and they found cancer in lymph nodes. All I know so far is the dr told me I need to heal from the surgery and that I will need chemo. No scans nothing has been arranged the waiting to go back and find out is doing my head in.
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How awful that you have not been given enough information. Try to get back to see your Dr and ask your questions. If it's a specialist that is withholding information, ask the secretary to forward the results to your GP and see him/her and get the info. I find my GP gives me more info than the specialists. I think they forget that it's new for you even if it's routine for them. It's impossible to tell you what's ahead because it's different for everyone. Your Dr is right that you need to heal from surgery before you start chemo because it will knock you around a bit. Build up your strength, rest whenever you can and let your cancer support team know if you have any problems. The chemo nurses will be your best bet for information and support. Good luck and stay strong. Kim
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Thank you for your reply I am waiting for my gp to return from leave it seems everyone is missing at present. She is back on 10th will speak with her then. Kerry
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