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by mpbser
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Thanks for the pdf. I hope to find some time this weekend to look at it. I am so swamped with work, it's crazy! Husband has done remarkably well this round. He went to work right after his infusion yesterday and went to a late night showing of the new Star Wars movie. He does have cold sensitivity i...
by mpbser
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

I haven't heard that about milk products. Do you know why they should be avoided?
by mpbser
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Thanks, everyone! Exactly 8 months ago we got his cancer diagnosis after he was close to death with congestive heart failure. These days feel 180 degrees different from back then.

I hope you all have a peaceful holiday season!
by mpbser
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Just stopping in for a quick update. Husband saw his primary care doctor today. He wasn't alarmed by his A1C being a 7 and attributed the diabetes setback primarily to the chemo. Husband has gone off his strict diet somewhat in the past couple of months, but I suppose not horribly. All the rest of t...
by mpbser
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 467
Views: 33801

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

Agreed. That is why my husband and I went with the colorectal surgeon we did at Mass General. High volume, for sure.
by mpbser
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 467
Views: 33801

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

Thanks for telling us what Dana Farber's range is for normal. I have read so many different ranges, but I would trust Dana Farber's info,
by mpbser
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Thanks, everyone. Re: the question about his labs, his total cholesterol was 150 mg/dL (RANGE < 200 mg/dL), LDL was 61 mg/dL (<100 Optimal), HDL was 65 mg/dL (RANGE 40-60 mg/dL). I don't understand why his medical center uses that range for HDL as I believe the higher the better for HDL. My doctor u...
by mpbser
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Just popping in for a quick update. Husband will be completing Cycle 3 on Wednesday and he is doing really great. The only noticeable side effect at the moment is darkness under his eyes. He LOOKS exhausted but he claims to be feeling great. He has loads of energy the past couple of days. He still w...
by mpbser
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving - One Year Since Chemo
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Happy Thanksgiving - One Year Since Chemo

HAPPY BELATED THANKSGIVING!!!

Congrats on NED!
by mpbser
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Husband decided he wouldn't bother, for now. He's thankfully not the kind of person who "deals" with stress by drinking. He's at the cancer center now having infusion #3. Oncologist says his bloodwork looks great and he seems to be handling this one well, so far. 3 down, 1 to go (until the...
by mpbser
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?
Replies: 83
Views: 4192

Re: Anyone with Stage IVa just do Xelolda or 5-fu?

Hi everyone, I figured I would keep posting on this thread since it contains recent history. Husband is enjoying his week off from chemo before he starts round 3 on Wednesday. While it's no fun for him to have his OX infusion the day before Thanksgiving, at least he won't have to work Thursday. He h...
by mpbser
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Thought this be worth reading.... Sugars link to cancer
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Thought this be worth reading.... Sugars link to cancer

Thanks for sharing. I have posted similar links in the "news" thread. It's pretty well known at this point that diabetes and cancer go hand in hand. This webpage is one piece in that puzzle.
by mpbser
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Results of PET scan and questions about the liver!
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Results of PET scan and questions about the liver!

praying3, I don't know if it is standard or not but every doctor we have asked what method is the best tool of diagnosis and surveillance for liver mets has told us abdominal MRI with contrast. This would include two oncologists and two liver surgeons. On the other hand, the radiologist at our local...
by mpbser
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here...At a Crossroad
Replies: 24
Views: 1510

Re: New here...At a Crossroad

"get to MD Anderson and get your tumor tested for MSI status"

I would imagine that that was already done. Janis is a patient at MD Anderson. Wouldn't such a big cancer center test MSI as a matter of course?

Janis -- sending positive thoughts your way.

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