Small bowel NET and colon cancer
I am 51 and had my first colonoscopy. One polyp with cancer was discovered and removed. The standard practice it to conduct a CT scan of the chest and abdomen to see if the cancer has metastasized. A Neuroendocrine tumor was found in the small bowel. This was confirmed with a PET scan.
While this sucks, if the cancer was not found in the colon, we would not know about the NET. I have no symptoms.
I am having surgery on Dec 28. There will be a resection of the sigmoid colon and the small bowel (I am not sure of the exact area.)
The plan is to do the colon laparoscopically and then proceed to the small bowel. The surgeon thought she might need to make an incision to complete the small bowel resection.
1. Has anyone experienced a resection of both intestines? Could you share your experience?
2. To anyone that has experience with resections:
a. What advise do you have preparing for surgery?
b. What is recovery like? What advise do you have?
c. What pitfalls should I avoid?
I appreciate any input.