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by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How to minimize surgical complications
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: How to minimize surgical complications

The best thing you can do is find the best surgeon possible. What he/she does is going to have the greatest impact on your recovery. I realize it’s late for that now. I searched and searched for the best colorectal surgeon for my mother. He was Chief surgeon and I read the reviews from his patients...
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: So scared. Cancer or hemorrhoids?
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: So scared. Cancer or hemorrhoids?

Then, this morning, I had a streak of bright red blood in my stool. Coincidentally, I had a GI consult last week bc my dad had precancerous polyps and have a colonoscopy scheduled on 1/23. I called today to see if they can get me in sooner and they can not. Hi Megan!! I too, had the same symptoms a...
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is this blood on my stool?
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Is this blood on my stool?

If this could bring some laughter, but kinda silly. I had orange jello before my colonoscopy :D and I could see orange jello in my colon on the scans :lol:
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is this blood on my stool?
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Is this blood on my stool?

Always safe to go to Dr. Always. I had to fight my way to get a colonoscopy at age 38 yr. old. Finally, after a 2nd opinion, I was granted one. I argued hard, but worth it. They found one benign polyp. My mom was diagnosed 8 months ago. At the moment she has no more cancer! Prayers.
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My California LAR Story
Replies: 11
Views: 917

Re: My California LAR Story

I believe that the ileostomy reversal surgery took about 2 hours. I was very happy to have the reversal completed; I still feel that way. Very happy to hear this. Did you have do the clean up chemo prior to your reversal like Xeloda? My mom has to do the Xeloda for 4 months than reversal. Thank you...
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Got good news today!
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Got good news today!

I am really happy for you! Congrats!!
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 1326

Re: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?

I have heard that 3 months seems to be as effective as 6 months. Mine was 4 months of Xelox. I don't know if that protocol pertains to xeloda only though. Not sure. My mom will start her last chemo before reversal tom. Xeloda for 4 months. She did well with it last year. I hope that she will tolera...
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared & Would Love Some Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Scared & Would Love Some Advice

And even after wiping sometimes it's still wet and itchy back there (very annoying!). Sorry for being so graphic. Don't be embarrassed as I think everyone on this board has experienced that. I had that problem too and thought something was wrong with me. I had my 1st colonscopy done last summer of ...
by ocstacy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 56 went for a colonoscopy they found 5 cm tumor
Replies: 28
Views: 1353

Re: 56 went for a colonoscopy they found 5 cm tumor

Turns out they found a 5 cm tumor. My mother had the same diagnosis a you from back in May. I was with her when the Dr. gave me the news. Now, she has no cancer as the dr. mentioned it's called "Near Pathological Response" I researched the best colorectal surgeon on the west coast and swi...
by ocstacy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What a difference a year makes! UPDATE
Replies: 25
Views: 1254

Re: What a difference a year makes! UPDATE

Congrats to you and Happy New Year! We got the new a couple weeks ago that my mom is cancer free too! Yay! I never thought I would hear the good news after what my mama went through last year. She is getting stronger and stronger each day post surgery, it's been 2 months since her surgery. Today, I ...
by ocstacy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What a difference a year makes! UPDATE
Replies: 25
Views: 1254

Re: What a difference a year makes! UPDATE

Congrats to you and Happy New Year! We got the new a couple weeks ago that my mom is cancer free too! Yay! I never thought I would hear the good news after what my mama went through last year. She is getting stronger and stronger each day post surgery, it's been 2 months since her surgery. Today, I ...
by ocstacy
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Age 30 (M) Recently Diagnosed, Family History
Replies: 48
Views: 4306

Re: Age 30 (M) Recently Diagnosed, Family History

1) Would you go down this path at my age with treatment? It seems old hat, that much better alternatives might exist. 2) Surgeon told mum that her and I are "100% Lynch" based on what he has seen. He was amazing with Mum but I am struggling to accept his treatment plan armed with more inf...
by ocstacy
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medicare versus Private Insurance--Advice please?
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Medicare versus Private Insurance--Advice please?

I'm not a social worker but my friend is and she has a FB page and I can share that with you. I switched my mom's insurance to Medi-Medi (Medicare and Medi-CAL) cause she qualified due to her low income status and she is covered for life. I worked my butt off to switch her insurance from standard me...
by ocstacy
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan of Pelvis with Contrast
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: CT Scan of Pelvis with Contrast

It's too small to biopsy and a pet scan would not pick it up. So waiting is the only option. I hope your mom's doctor can give you piece of mind. Thank you for the reply. Yes, it is very discouraging to read those scans, then again, I have not talked to the Dr. just yet. My mom also suffers from ar...
by ocstacy
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan of Pelvis with Contrast
Replies: 4
Views: 556

CT Scan of Pelvis with Contrast

Hi all, I happen to come across my mom's recent Pathology report after her scan about two weeks ago post surgery. I was a little discouraged to find out some new findings. I happen to have access to her files at the hospital and the Dr. still has not gone through the results. I happen to pull them u...

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