Living with Colostomy
A colostomy is a surgically created opening in the abdomen in which a piece of the colon (large intestine) is brought outside the abdominal wall to create a “stoma” or opening through which digested food passes into an external pouching system. A colostomy is created when a portion of the colon or rectum is removed due to a disease process or damaged area of the colon
In 2018, SAMA received a grant from Central Care Cancer Center in Wichita, KS. This was used to purchase Colostomy supplies for patients living with Colostomy who receive their care at Soba University Hospital. The program started in December 2018 and continued till April 2020 and served the needs of 39 patients (21 females, 18 females). Most patients were colorectal cancer survivors (34/39).