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If I have colon cancer, will I need a colostomy?

Not everyone with colon cancer needs a colostomy. In fact, most patients don’t need a colostomy after surgery. Surgical techniques have improved, and now we can frequently remove the tumor and reattach the intestine without requiring a colostomy. Or it may only be necessary for two or three months while the patient is healing. There are still some instances where a colostomy is required, based on the anatomy and the stage of the tumor.

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