Well, here we go again. I had my original colorectal surgery at Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, in Aug 2007 for removal of the large intestine and rectal removal with a permanent stoma. The tumor had attached to the prostate, so part of that was taken as well. All has been well since, and I have enjoyed life pretty much as before until June 2011... Blood tests then confirmed that there was bad activity happening, and subsequent tests have proved that I have a cancer tumor growing on the prostate, and lymphoma has been diagnosed as well. I was referred to the Peter Mac Cancer Institute in Melbourne, which means interstate travel for me. Since June 2011, I have been backwards and forwards to Melbourne for tests, radiation, and chemo treatment. I have now got to the stage where I am to spend another week at Peter Mac, from the 13th Feb 2012, getting to meet colorectal surgeons, urologist, plastic surgeon, and other assorted professionals who will take a part in my looming operation. The operation to take place has been confirmed where there will be the removal of the prostate, bladder removal, and part of the tailbone... Major surgery which will be an all-day surgery. It seems that I will have "one of each" bags to contend with after all this, but as with the colostomy bag, I am sure I can handle the "bag" side of things. At this stage, the surgery will take place late Feb/early March 2012.
Cheers to all you lovely people out there.... Mike aka TassieDevil
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