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    Why is my uncle not responding after surgery for bowel cancer?

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    Hi, my uncle has been through two surgeries recently. he had delirium early on which led to the cancer diagnosis, He had his surgery fairly quickly but was still delirious which apparently is very rare. They took him off sedation after the second operation, but he has not been responsive since and after 3-4 days the doctors seem to have run out of ideas , aside from maybe transferring him to a bigger more specialised hospital. They did an MRI before taking him off sedation and there was no damage evident. Wondering what might be going on and why he isn't responding?
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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 Advisory Services Team, one of our friendly Nurse Advisors would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide a tailored response and further advice. 

    Please send your questions through to our team using the web form available at 

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

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    • About Bowel Cancer (incl. Prevention & Symptoms, Tests & Investigations, Diagnosis, Surgery & Treatment, Living with bowel cancer and Secondary bowel cancer) - 

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

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia 

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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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