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Bowel cancer patient makes speedy recovery

When Rosebud father Terence Cox was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year he feared the worst.

“I was promised one of those stoma bags and I wasn’t looking forward to that at all but I built myself up to say if I have to I have to,” recalls Terence.

“When I woke up from the surgery I said you beauty I’ve dodged a bullet – I have no stoma bag.”

Terence was part of the new colorectal unit Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathway, which promotes patient engagement in their own health recovery, explains Lee Burrell, Stomal Therapy Clinical Nurse Consultant at Peninsula Health.

“The patients sit out of bed the day after surgery and drink fluids two hours after surgery,” says Lee.

“The program has been very successful, the length of stay has reduced from 10 days to between 5-7 days.”

Terence engaged in the program and went home after 5 days in hospital.

“They did a darn good job and looked after me very well,” says Terence.

“I did a good job of looking after myself as well – I got about walking around the ward on the same day as the operation.”

One year on, Terence is doing really well.

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