Re: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects of surgery, chemo/radia [03062] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects of surgery, chemo/radiation therapies



Hi Stuart,
My husband also has stage lll colo/rectal cancer. His surgeon told him that
the was a chance of impotency and bowel control problems from the surgery
the the radiologist ONC told him the same.  He said that if he did become
impotent, that 99% of the time it couldn't be corrected. He said that there
was about a 10% chance of this happenning from damage from the radiation.
He also said that the bowels can experience periods when they act as though
you are still undergoing radiation years after radiation and loss of bowel
function can happen.  My husband takes the RX lomotil as a preventive drug
even though you are suppose to take it after loose bowels.  He has had the
same problems as you at times but then he goes back on lomotil for a few
weeks until everything settles down.
I hope you can find some help but I wanted you to know that there are
others who are having some of the same problems. You are very fortunate to
have a supportive wife and I wish you both well.
I have lupus and irritible bowel syndrome (IBS) and know first hand about
the bowel problems.  Keep talking to your gastro DR to find some help.
Take care,
Sandi


At 02:07 AM 8/30/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Sept 14 will be three years since I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal
>cancer.  Surgery was performed by Kenneth Eng at NYU Medical Center, NYC-on
>Oct. 19, 1995.  Dec. 1995 chemotherapy commenced for 6 months, along with an
>intensive 6 week period of radiation, during Feb/Mar 1996.  The upshot of my
>experience has resulted in Impotence and Irritable bowels. I often soil
myself
>at the most unsuspecting times and occasions.  My physicans have been less
>than candid with me as it relates to what I might have expected as a
result of
>my situation.  I have asked my Docs and other mental health folks, but todate
>I have not been successful in identifying a colorectal survivor support
group.
>I realize that I may be rambling a bit, however, I feel that I've been pretty
>much on my own in all of this, notwithstanding that my fiancee became my wife
>during this ordeal. In truth, we have not enjoyed intimacy or sex. I need to
>find answers to questions as it relates to my emotional/phsycological issues,
>impotence and bowels conditions (can nerve damage from radiation treatment be
>corrected-nerve regeneration?). I participated in the Viagra trials, but I
>experienced adverse effects. Perhaps someone-a patient, a survivor, a
>physican, etc.-can contact me at SGH@Berkeley.Org with some answers,
>direction, etc.  Thanks and best regards for a speedy, healthy and full
>recovery. Stuart in NYC.  
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