Pronunciation: (koh-LOS-toh-mee)

An opening into the colon from the outside of the body. A colostomy provides a new path for waste material to leave the body after part of the colon has been removed.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Colon cancer surgery with colostomy. Part of the colon containing the cancer and nearby healthy tissue is removed, a stoma is created, and a colostomy bag is attached to the stoma.

Date last modified: 2006-10-01