Hi! I had a peritonectomy back in 2012 when I was 26, at St George NSW (I'm from WA). At the time WA did not fund the surgery, but that has thankfully changed since! The surgery for me took about 8 hours, but it depends how extensive any diease may have spread. I was in ICU and HDU for close to a week, then on ward for a week after, then my acomodation for a week before flying home. I lost about 10kgs while I had chemotherapy, but just made sure I was trying to exercise (walking) and eat right, so I was as healthy as possible before I had the surgery. I lost another 10kgs after the surgery, it takes a while for your bowels to kick back in, plus I had some changes in the amount and types of food I could eat. Nearly 6 years on, I am back to a healthy weight, I went back to uni, I work full time and I exercise. It was a long journey, it took about 3-4 months to get back into part time and then full time work. It was frustrating but you do get there 🙂 Hope that helps somewhat!
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I have had HIPEC, back in 2012. I had Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (appendix cancer) and that was the best/only option I seemed to have. It's a big surgery, think usually lasts about 8 hours. I only ended up losing my gall bladder, but was at risk of losing more, they didn't know until the opened me up.
I'm sorry you have to go through this, but it was the best thing for me!
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.