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Chemo or not ?

Supporting hubby

My husband has just had surgery and has got a temporary stoma the biopsy came back as evidence it was in the blood vessels within the tumour but has not spread into the lymph nodes so he has been given the option to have chemo tablets for 6 months and prolong the stoma reversal or to just have the reversal .Hes hating the stoma sorry I just don’t know what to do for the best 

Donna - Macmillan
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Hi Supporting hubby,

Thanks for your post.

Adjusting to life with a stoma can be tricky, so it’s understandable your husband feels this way. We’d be happy to have a chat with your him and/or you, on our Macmillan Support Line, if that helps.

Firstly, it’s important for your husband to consider whether he wishes to have chemotherapy or not. Making this decision would influence what happens next.

When chemotherapy is offered in this type of circumstance, there’s usually a short window of opportunity for it to be given. If your husband wishes the treatment, then the time to have this would be ‘as soon as possible’. The benefit is greater, when treatment is given earlier. Having surgery just now, would mean delaying chemotherapy until the body heals from surgery. If there were complications from surgery, the timeframe in which chemotherapy can be given, may lapse.

I appreciate it’s not an easy decision to make. Sometimes it can help to chat things through, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes,


Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.