Surgery for radiation to small intestine

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Surgery for radiation to small intestine

by angel2be on Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hello everyone,

          I had rectal cancer back in 1988 and went through chemo and radiation and sugery. I had a foot of my intestines remove and they reconstructed my rectum. During my chemo treats I found out that when I  had my radiation done, it had burnt my pelvic bone and some of my intestine therefore not allowing me to finish my chemo treatment s of because a  bone marrow test showed that my bone marrow was almost nil.  I have been cancer free for almost 21 years and feel very blessed!  The problem that I am having is reoccuring partial bowel obstructions. I have had about 25 of them since my surgery/radiation/chemo.  I found a ne w doctor about a month ago that is willing to do exploratory surgery to remove the radiation damage in my small intestine if there isn't a large amount of damage. This would stop my bowel obstructions, but I am just afraid of the after-effects of the surgery.  Is there anyone out there that has experienced going through radiation damage removal of the small intestine?  If so could you give me your thoughts or share your story with me, it would be greatly appreciated. Also if their is any healthcare person etc, that has any ideas please let me know.  Please let me know!  Thank you!

                                            Pauline

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