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    How many lymph nodes are there around the colon?

    Hi All

    I had a right hemicolectomy 8 days ago. The tumour had reached 2 nodes which were removed.

    How many lymph nodes are there around the colon?

    What does the histology report look for wrt the affected nodes?

    Any advice on likelihood of chemo?

    Thanks

    Tim
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Tim,



    Thanks very much for your post and questions.



    Our nurse advisor will be in touch shortly with a response.



    Sending you our best wishes for your treatment and recovery.



    Kind Regards,



    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia



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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Tim,



    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.



    Kind regards



    Tammy

    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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