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Will I need chemotherapy after colon cancer surgery?

The period of time to recover from a colon cancer procedure

operation--

again, I will tell you that a lot of it

is dependent on the patient.

The co-morbidities that the patient brings to the operating

room are the same co-mobidities that they will have

to navigate as they recover.

But by and large, minimally-invasive

or laparoscopic or robotic procedure, a patient

will recover from faster.

Most patients can get back to normal activities

within a couple of weeks, if the procedure

is done robotically or laparoscopically or

minimally-invasive.

So in comparison, an open procedure

may take four to six weeks to recover,

where a patient is up and about and able to do

normal activities or activities of daily living,

as we call them.