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    What can I expect with from my first visit with oncologist post surgery?

    I'm feeling really scared and don't know what to expect it will be my first visit. I've had the operation to remove the cancer. Now I have to see my oncologist to see more results and to find out if I need to have chemo or radiation. Maybe both. What can I expect from this consult?
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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

    Thank you very much for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305&Itemid=305.

    In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including:

    • Bowel Cancer: Surgery & Treatment - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&Itemid=302
    •Living with bowel cancer - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=459&Itemid=303
    •Bowel cancer: What I Need to Ask - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=325&Itemid=47

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


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    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

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  • Mmg

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    I have finished my chemotherapy and was lucky that I had a wonderful oncologist. They will answer any question you may have and explain percentages of the benefits of having chemotherapy or not. With my case it was only going to improve my chances of remaining cancer free from 75% to up to 80 %  so a benefit of between 1-5% for taking the medication for 6 months.  It is your choice and you can think about your options. It does help to take someone with you to the appointment as they can then talk things over with you later. My oncologist also informed me more about the surgery I had had and gave me information to take home and read.  Good luck with it all but over the time I was having chemotherapy I saw several different oncologist and they were all lovely. 

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