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Hi, my father got colon cancer two months ago. Now, he has undergone the surgery and is taking chemotherapy. How long does it take to recover? How will his eating habits be effected when he recovers?

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Surgery is usually needed to take out malignant tissue and stop it’s spreading. Depending on the stage of the disease and the general health condition of the patient, chemotherapy can also be applied. Radical bowel resection is done so that part of colon containing tumor is removed and and parts of node are reconnected. Lymph node nearby tumor is removed, too, it’s called lymphadenectomy. There are many factors determining response to surgical intervention like age, health condition, progression of disease. Like after any other surgery patients experience pain, weakness, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Dietary modifications are required until eating functions are renewed.
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Well,
You have to understand that colon cancer is very problematic cancer. In what stage was his cancer? The fact that he had a surgery and that he is on chemotherapy means that wasn’t in final stage of the disease. I think that his recovery will last long. In most cases patients survive in first five years and if the colon cancer doesn’t come back in these first five years he is than considered cured. So as you can see he will have to be monitored for next five years in order to be sure if he was all cured. I hope this helped you and your father in any way.

Good luck,
Karel
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