Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb is awake from the coma he fell into last week, but his doctor says he is still battling colorectal cancer. What exactly is colorectal cancer, and will Gibb be able to win this fight?
According to a report from the Huffington Post, colorectal cancer is a cancer that grows one of two places--either inside of the large intestine or in the rectum, which is located at the end of the large intestine. Gibb's colorectal cancer is said to be advanced.
Gibb reportedly fell into the coma as a result of two operations and chemotherapy treatments to treat the colorectal cancer. The aggressive treatments caused his liver to fail, which in turn caused his brain to swell. He developed pneumonia due to his body's overall severely weakened state. This caused him to slip into the coma.
While family members, friends, and fans are no doubt rejoicing over the miracle of Robin Gibb emerging from his coma, it certainly sounds like he faces a very long and perilous road ahead. Just days ago his doctors feared the absolute worst.
"Only three days ago, I warned Robin's wife, Dwina, son, Robin John and brother, Barry, that I feared the worst," Gibb's physician and gastroenterologist, Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam, said in a statement. That statement was released Monday via a rep for Gibb. "We felt it was very likely that Robin would succumb to what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to any form of meaningful recovery. As a team, we were all concerned that we might be approaching the realms of futility."
How do doctors feel Robin is doing now?
The Huffington Post UK reports that they've learned he's "exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished," and is currently in intensive care, where he is being fed through a tube and breathing with assistance from an oxygen mask."
Gibb, along with brothers Barry and the late Maurice Gibb formed the Bee Gees back in the 1960s. Known for songs like "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," "Got to Get A Message to You," and Stayin' Alive, their songs spanned decades, with Robin's brilliant vibrato highlighting each and every one of them.
Prayers of thanks and prayers of continued healing are no doubt being said around the world for Robin Gibb--and it sounds like they are much-needed prayers, too. Although he has survived the enormous hurdle of a coma, the battle ahead sounds tenuous at best.
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