Total Proctolectomy-Crohn's and colon/rectum cancer

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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has had Crohn's Disease form 19 years and we just found out he has colon/rectum cancer and has to under go a total proctolectomy....I would love to ask someone who has went thru this some questions....also my husband is 400 lbs....this is making surgey even more difficult!
I have so many questions....HELP anyone?

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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well, Deb! I am so sorry about your husband's recent diagnosis. That must have been a real shock to say the least. We have had one or two members with Crohn's that were diagnosed with colon cancer. I am not sure if they have posted anytime recently. Did they discover your husband;s cancer during a routine colonoscopy to check his Crohn's status?

Is your husband a candidate for a j-pouch or is he having an ileostomy? If he is going to have an ileostomy we do have a ostomies forum here at Healing Well that you might also want to check out.

Hopefully, some of our members with more experience with this surgery will be along to help. ~~ Ides
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   Posted 6/18/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
might be useful to come take a look on the ostomy board--has been incredibly helpful to me. I have crohn's and have had an ileostomy and total proctocolectomy. Wishing you well.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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