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by Beckster
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II2b - T4 - need help
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Stage II2b - T4 - need help

I agree with Lee.... I am a stage II, but with a T3 tumor. My oncologist did tell me that if I had a T4, it would require chemo. I did opt for chemo, but I was 57 years old and in good health. At the age of 80, depending on other health issues, the normal protocol chemo, Folfox, might be to harsh. I...
by Beckster
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA false positives?
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: CEA false positives?

had colon surgery march 2017... STAGE 2A T3... 32 lymph nodes removed no sign spread...no chemo.. since have had CEA in the range from 5.6 to 7.9... understand false positives CEA test common?? Fellow 2A....what was your preoperative CEA? Also, in addition to the elevated CEA, did you have any scan...
by Beckster
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 584

Re: Newbie

Hi all! I am new to this all. I was diagnosed on 4-3-2018 with colon cancer (Gastroenterologist). I had surgery on 6-6-2018 (general surgeon). He thinks he got it all, and doesn’t expect me to need chemo. I’ll believe it after I see the oncologist. Tumor site: cecum. Stage 2, pT3N0M0, grade 2. Cons...
by Beckster
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Right Side vs Left Side
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Right Side vs Left Side

There seems like so many things to test for. I am looking into the ONCOTYPE testing. I would assume that this would include these genetic mutations such as KRAS or Lynch. So confusing. I'm getting a list together for the oncology visit. I've already talked to the surgeon at her last visit and he sa...
by Beckster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Right Side vs Left Side
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Right Side vs Left Side

Bumping this up. I've seen the same research and yes it's all over the board. I see you opted for chemotherapy at IIA. My mom has the exact same diagnosis. Adecarcinoma of cecum, staged at IIA (T3N0M0). She just had a right helicolectomy about a week ago and we will f/u with the oncologist in a few...
by Beckster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Right Side vs Left Side
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Right Side vs Left Side

I have been reading many articles that address right vs left side colon cancer. Apparently, it is becoming a topic for discussion in the medical field. Biologically, the tumors are different, but many are saying that right sided carries a worse prognosis. Research that I read is all over the page. S...
by Beckster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 2- no follow up care???
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Stage 2- no follow up care???

Saw the surgeon today. Again he used the words" you are considered cured". I said as I understood it stage 2 colon cancer can be kind of iffy. We brought up an appointment with an oncologist. He said he felt it wasn't necessary because my husband did not need any follow up, however I said...
by Beckster
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questionable submucosal cecal mass
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Questionable submucosal cecal mass

Beckster, where in NJ are you? Who did your surgery? Southern NJ.....Dr Stephen McClane at Cooper University, head of colon rectal surgery and co director of MD Anderson, performed my surgery. He is a rock star! Had my surgery at 8:00am on a Friday and was discharged by 6:00am on Sunday. Went home ...
by Beckster
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pizza
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Pizza

I eat pizza once a week.... no problem! 2 weeks after surgery, I was at a restaurant drinking a martini and eating a burger and fries. Did you have a Right Hemi (ascending colon) or just cecum removed I had a right hemi, which includes the ascending colon, cecum, and appendix. The cecum is part of ...
by Beckster
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pizza
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Pizza

I eat pizza once a week.... no problem! 2 weeks after surgery, I was at a restaurant drinking a martini and eating a burger and fries.
by Beckster
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questionable submucosal cecal mass
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Questionable submucosal cecal mass

Beckster, where in NJ are you? Who did your surgery? Southern NJ.....Dr Stephen McClane at Cooper University, head of colon rectal surgery and co director of MD Anderson, performed my surgery. He is a rock star! Had my surgery at 8:00am on a Friday and was discharged by 6:00am on Sunday. Went home ...
by Beckster
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questionable submucosal cecal mass
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Questionable submucosal cecal mass

I had a right hemi in November 2016. No problem with recovery. It is over 1 1/2 years and I feel like I never had surgery. Just make sure, if you decide to have surgery, that you go to a board certified colon rectal surgeon. It makes a difference.
by Beckster
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Exercise after right hemicolectomy?
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Exercise after right hemicolectomy?

I am also in NJ facing a right hemicolectomy. What part of NJ do you live in? Who performed your surgery? Southern NJ.....Dr Stephen McClane at Cooper University, head of colon rectal surgery and co director of MD Anderson, performed my surgery. He is a rock star! Had my surgery at 8:00 on a Friday...
by Beckster
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 2- no follow up care???
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Stage 2- no follow up care???

A surgeon is not an oncologist and should not make that call. There are 3 types of stage 2 colon cancer: 2A, 2B and 2C. Which one does he have? In addition, how many lymph nodes were removed, was there obstruction or perforation, LVI or PNI, Grade of tumor, T4 tumor? All of this should be on the pat...

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