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    T3 rectal tumour surgery has caused sexual discomfort. Please provide some advice?

    My 31 year old daughter had surgery to remove a T3 rectal tumour 9 weeks ago. Prior to surgery she had chemo and radiation. She now has a permanent colostomy. Whilst the surgery was successful and she is recovering well she cannot have a normal vaginal sexual relationship, her vagina has all but closed up. Please can you offer some advice on how to go about now getting sexually healthy.
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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 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 Bowel Care Advisory Services team, one of our friendly Bowel Care Nurses would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individual response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at

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

    In the meantime, Bowel Cancer Australia does have some resources avilable regarding intimate relationships, including in the 'Living with bowel cancer' section of our website - - and also our 'Bowel Cancer: Living Well - Beyond Bowel Cancer' information booklet which can be downloaded or ordered in hard copy from the Bowel Cancer Australia website here -

    Kind Regards,
    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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