My hubby was just diagnosed with a 2.5 cm rectal ca. on Dec 4th. We have seen the surgeon, radiation and medical oncologists yesterday. He will start on radiation and Xeloda on Jan. 3rd. Then he will have an 8 week hiatus followed by the removal of his rectum and sigmoid colon and given a temp. ileostomy. Once his 'bottom' is healed, the will reverse his ostomy and he will have 4months of Xeloda.
My question is: after surgery, how long has it taken for patients to heal to be able to go back to work? How long does it take to get used to having an ileostomy?
I know there might not be any definite answers but I would love to hear of everyone's experiences.
I am really desperate to know, as I am on disability and he is the bread winner and we need him to be able to work. He had a pretty easy job with no strenuous work, he just drives a boat.
Thanks for all of your help. I guess I am just scared at the outcome of surgery.
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