Thank you for your post and questions regarding your recent diagnosis.
In answer to your query - there can be a variable number of nodes surrounding the bowel, but usually there can be up to 14 lymph nodes retrieved if necessary during bowel surgery.
If lymph nodes are affected this will often imply a need for additional therapy, such as chemotherapy, to ensure minimal risk to the residual / surrounding cells.
Your specialist will also take into consideration the location and the proximity of the nodes to the primary bowel cancer when making his / her decision regarding your further management.
Further information relating to bowel cancer diagnosis and staging is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia Website at: Bowel Cancer Diagnosis and Staging.
Further information relating to bowel cancer treatment options is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia Website at: Treatment Options.
I hope this helps answer your queries, provides you with further insight into the clinical decisions made with your diagnosis, and gives you something to discuss with your specialist at your next appointment.
Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Advisor
Please Note: Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory services are subject to the following disclaimer.
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