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by Beckster
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA and scans
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: CEA and scans

I was wondering when everyone else's oncologist does CEA and scans. They did my husbands CEA after his first chemo and it was 0.7 down from 4.7 at time of diagnosis. However, his oncologist said that they wont test again until after he is finished with chemo and I think she said he will have his fi...
by Beckster
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 31088

Circulating Tumor DNA Analysis May Indicate Adjuvant Therapy Efficacy for Stage III CRC

The University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute is also currently recruiting for a clinical trial evaluating ctDNA as a prognostic marker and as a monitor of disease recurrence in stage III colorectal cancer. https://www.cancernetwork.com/colorectal-cancer/circulati...
by Beckster
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The 10 most obese states in the U.S.
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: The 10 most obese states in the U.S.

Who knows, maybe it IS ... something in the water ???? Just sayin' Cheers all CRguy I have actually seriously wondered if it actually is something in the water. I was living in a rural part of Minnesota when I was diagnosed, and had zero risk factors (thin, athletic, plant-based diet). And two of m...
by Beckster
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What, besides, tumor burden causes elevated CEA?
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: What, besides, tumor burden causes elevated CEA?

A tooth abscess caused a sightly elevated CEA. Any inflammation or infection in the body can cause an elevated CEA. However, my onc said that you can take your CEA numerous times in one day and it will change.
by Beckster
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Positive fecal occult test
Replies: 15
Views: 574

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Ditto...get the colonoscopy! It is better to be safe than sorry!
by Beckster
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to vent
Replies: 9
Views: 982

Re: I need to vent

I got a urinary tract infection (thanks, menopause :evil: ) yesterday and am on a 3 day course of Bactrim antibiotics. I just started my 2nd day of the pills and my gut is rebelling, I've been in the bathroom repeatedly with diarrhea. I know I didn't have any real alternatives to antibiotics for th...
by Beckster
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question- how do you count years of survival?
Replies: 22
Views: 1130

Re: Question- how do you count years of survival?

My oncologist from MDA is using the surgery date as the beginning of my 5 year countdown. Surgery was November 2016. Even though I finished chemo in June of 2017, he has me at the end of 3 years NED as November 2019.
by Beckster
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It’s that time again - CEA check
Replies: 16
Views: 765

Re: It’s that time again - CEA check

You are not alone...CEA testing is my nemesis! It has never been stable since post surgery. I tried everything...from diet, exercise and yoga. The last rise, my cea went from 2.5 to 3.1. Even though my onc was not concerned, I was. I went on a plant based diet over the summer and found out that I ha...
by Beckster
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any prepping and scoping buddies out there ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1536

Re: Any prepping and scoping buddies out there ?

Getting reading for my "fall cleaning" in 3 weeks.. :lol: Will be taking 2 Dulcolax 2 days before and liquid fasting topped with 64oz of Crystal Light Lemonade mixed with MiraLAX® 238 grams (8.3 ounces) beginning at 3:00pm. I can't even go in the isle that sells Crystal Light Lemonade with...
by Beckster
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Pathology Report
Replies: 47
Views: 3447

Re: Surgery Pathology Report

I gained 12 pounds on Xeloda! My onc told me that I can eat whatever I wanted..so I did! :lol: No hair loss either!
by Beckster
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Pathology Report
Replies: 47
Views: 3447

Re: Surgery Pathology Report

Wow, thanks Robster. That helps a lot. All was familiar so I know others here have given me the same info just not all in once place. Poorly differentiated cancer cells (also known as ‘high grade’ or ‘grade 3’ cells) is considered a high risk factor, which may explain why oxaliplatin is being offer...
by Beckster
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Pathology Report
Replies: 47
Views: 3447

Re: Surgery Pathology Report

I was on Xeloda for 6 months for stage 2A. 3,000mg per day. Three 500 mg tablets in the morning and three 500 mg tablets in after dinner. It was based on my weight back than, which I was 152 pounds and 5'2".
by Beckster
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Guess who was told she's NED??
Replies: 33
Views: 2270

Re: Guess who was told she's NED??

Yay!! This is awesome news!
by Beckster
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Adjuvant chemo or not / Decision time for adjuvant chemo
Replies: 31
Views: 2078

Re: Adjuvant chemo or not / Decision time for adjuvant chemo

That was my point....I think it is the OXI that is the problem....not the Xeloda. I'm surprised that the onc didn't suggest just doing the Xeloda or 5FU. I agree with you! My onc did start me on Xelox, because of my age and 2 high risk features, but I could not take the oxi. In Xelox vs Folfox, the...

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