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colostomy

[kuh-lahs-tuh-me] an operation in which the end of the colon is attached to an opening created in the belly (abdominal wall) to get rid of body waste (stool). A small pouch is placed at the opening to collect the stool. A permanent colostomy is sometimes needed after surgery for cancer of the rectum. People with colon cancer sometimes have a temporary colostomy after surgery, but they rarely need a permanent one. See also colon, rectum.

Colostomy Guide

This guide will help you better understand colostomy – what it is, why it's needed,
how it affects the normal digestive system, and what changes it ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/index

What is a colostomy?

A colostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) that is made during
surgery. ... Next Topic. The normal digestive system. What is a colostomy? ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-what-is-colostomy

Colostomy problems

... Colostomy: A Guide. + -Text Size. Download Printable Version [PDF]». TOPICS. ...
Helpful hints. Next Topic. Hospitalization. Colostomy problems. Hernia ...

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Colostomy management

Learning to take care of your colostomy may seem hard at first, but with practice
and time it will become second nature, just like shaving or bathing. ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-management

Living with a colostomy

... Colostomy: A Guide. + -Text Size. Download Printable Version [PDF]». TOPICS. ...
Hospitalization. Next Topic. Telling others. Living with a colostomy. ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-living-with-a-colostomy

Colostomy: A Guide

For the thousands of people who have serious digestive diseases, a colostomy
can be the start of a new and healthier life. ... Colostomy: A Guide. ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-intro

Colostomy: A Guide

Page 1. Colostomy: A Guide Colostomy surgery is done for many
different diseases and problems. ... What is a colostomy? ...

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002823-pdf.pdf

Types of colostomies

A colostomy can be short-term (temporary) or life-long (permanent) and can
be made in any part of the colon. ... Next Topic. Colostomy management. ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-types-of-colostomies

Colostomy Guide

This guide will help you better understand colostomy – what it is, why it's needed,
how it affects the normal digestive system, and what changes it ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/

For parents of children with colostomies

If your child has a colostomy, you probably have many questions and
concerns. ... Your child's colostomy care. Take an interest ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/ostomies/colostomyguide/colostomy-for-parents-of-kids-with-ostomies