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by Aqx99
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again
Replies: 2
Views: 138

O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

My mom was having some discomfort in her armpit and left breast reconstruction. Then a couple of weeks ago, a red bruise-like spot formed and started getting larger. She went in for a breast MRI last week and got the results this week. She has a malignant mass in her left breast reconstruction. They...
by Aqx99
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here My son has colon cancer
Replies: 13
Views: 258

Re: New here My son has colon cancer

I highly recommend finding an oncology counselor for him to talk to. I firmly believe that we all should be referred when we get diagnosed. Also, if there is a support group available, that will help as well. I attend a GI cancer support group every month at my cancer center. I started going right a...
by Aqx99
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?

Hello all, Just reporting back to everybody who has shared your experience with me. Thanks to your advice, I did locate a very experienced OBGYN to check on my scans and did a thorough virginal ultrasound on me. Not only did the cyst become smaller, he is also quite confident it's a simple cyst wit...
by Aqx99
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Help dealing with Health Anxiety/Panic
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Help dealing with Health Anxiety/Panic

I have been seeing the oncology counselor at my cancer center for a while. She referred me to a psychiatric nurse practitioner when we felt medication was needed.
by Aqx99
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 827
Views: 60630

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Before going to bed apply a good amount of moisturising lotion to your hands, then put on gloves and wear to bed for the night. This helps to heal the splits in the skin. Learned this at work long before my diagnosis. I use vinyl gloves, cheaper and easily available at drugstore or hardware store. ...
by Aqx99
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 827
Views: 60630

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I bought Nitrile gloves in 5 mil and 8 mil a while ago to deal with cracked skin problems with dry, winter weather and I find that they help when I have cold sensitivity in my fingers. The advantage of Nitrile gloves are that you can use touch devices with them. The thicker gloves are stronger but ...
by Aqx99
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 827
Views: 60630

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I received a big box in the shipping room along with notification. I was expecting the Xeloda pills and Illeostomy supplies. I assumed that they were Illeostomy supplies from the size of the box as the pills usually come in an envelope. I just checked the tracking information and BriovaRX said that...
by Aqx99
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Enlarged Thymus?
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Enlarged Thymus?

I had the PET scan as scheduled. I will be seeing my oncologist on Wednesday the 11th for my 3 month visit and to get the results.
by Aqx99
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?

My surgeon removed my ovaries and fallopian tubes during my LAR because they "didn't look right. Didn't look right.... did it show in your PET scan? or CEA? or any sign? No, he was literally looking at my ovaries while doing my surgery. He called out to the waiting room and talked to my mom ab...
by Aqx99
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How important is NCI designated comprehensive cancer center
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: How important is NCI designated comprehensive cancer center

I should have added, if you do want to go to an NCI designated cancer center, it looks like Winston-Salem is the closest city for you. I can't speak for the care at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University, since my treatment was done at the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Cen...
by Aqx99
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How important is NCI designated comprehensive cancer center
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: How important is NCI designated comprehensive cancer center

I live in a city with two cancer centers. One is NCI designated, the other is not. My referral came from a doctor who works in the hospital system of the non-NCI cancer center, so all of my treatment was done there. The standard of care is the same whether you use an NCI designated hospital or not. ...
by Aqx99
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Is it an ovarian cyst or a potential ovarian met?

Get it checked out. My surgeon removed my ovaries and fallopian tubes during my LAR because they "didn't look right." Pathology came back as ovarian cancer. I am now monitored by a gyn oncologist in addition to my medical oncologist.
by Aqx99
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Diagnosis/Overwhelmed
Replies: 18
Views: 1212

Re: New Diagnosis/Overwhelmed

Great info - thank you so much. Though I was unclear about my stats. My GI who did colonoscopy said it was large and 5-6 cm long. I understood it to be the length of the polyp - not that far from anus. I will have to ask how far it is because I’m sure that matters. I was told this afternoon by a ca...
by Aqx99
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon rectal cancer found during routine colonoscopy
Replies: 60
Views: 2639

Re: Colon rectal cancer found during routine colonoscopy

I recommend you see a board certified colorectal surgeon. The pelvis is a very delicate area to have surgery performed in, so you want someone specially trained performing that surgery. I just finished treatment for rectal cancer, as you can see in my signature. Feel free to ask anything.
by Aqx99
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life Earthquake: Wednesday Feb 21 Rectal Cancer T3C N2 M0
Replies: 22
Views: 1427

Re: Life Earthquake: Wednesday Feb 21 Rectal Cancer T3C N2 M0

A word of advice on diet and, by extension, bowel movements. First of all, enjoy whatever you want to eat now. Once you have surgery, you will be limited on what you can eat. Plus, once adjuvant chemo starts, you may lose your appetite. I lost my appetite and everything tasted like wet cardboard. Ea...

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