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Living with a Stoma

Sometimes, during surgery, it may be necessary for the surgeon to form an artificial opening on the the wall of your abdomen called a 'stoma' to collect waste.  
 
The stoma may be temporary (to allow the bowel time to heal) or permanent.
 
'Stoma' comes from the Greek word for 'mouth' or 'oral cavity'.
 
There are different types of stoma and, if you need one, the type you have depends on the location of your tumour and the type of surgery you need.