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by NHMike
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

Blockage last night. But I was able to manage it without going to the hospital. Very little pain though moderate discomfort. I weigh myself once or twice a day and a blockage is indicated if my weight is a lot higher than normal. Too much stress in life means that I'm not taking good care of myself....
by NHMike
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1317

WSJ: Cancer Deaths Decline 27% Over 25 Years

For most of the 20th century, overall cancer deaths rose, driven mainly by men dying from lung cancer, researchers noted. But since the peak in 1991, the death rate has steadily dropped 1.5% a year through 2016, primarily because of long-running efforts to reduce smoking as well as advances in dete...
by NHMike
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3A Rectal Cancer Diagnosis
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

Re: Stage 3A Rectal Cancer Diagnosis

Best wishes on your start tomorrow.
by NHMike
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

Wouldn't a blockage mean pain, not going for 3 days doesn't necessarily mean there is blockage? I mean there have been times where I don't go for the entire day, but that is because if I see any diarrhea I take two Imodiums right away. Overall things are getting better. Can't stand the unpredictabi...
by NHMike
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

Things are more or less back to normal. Friday was a day of clustering and I had a moderate amount of clustering yesterday. I had a little this morning but I didn't eat that much yesterday which helps. I have a meeting tomorrow morning so I'm doing a 36 hour fast before it. The effect of the SBO was...
by NHMike
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

I went without a BM for about 3 1/2 days and then it started slowly and then a day like today where it's about 15 hours of clustering. I must say that it's nice not to have to deal with bathroom stuff but not going for over two days gives me anxiety over a blockage. Water and gas were getting passed...
by NHMike
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally....some really great news!!!
Replies: 85
Views: 24298

Re: Finally....some really great news!!!

I'm glad that you're having a good experience at MSK.
by NHMike
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any body knows of Clinical trials for BRAF 600?
Replies: 16
Views: 2197

Re: Any body knows of Clinical trials for BRAF 600?

I am still waiting to see the report from my first CT since starting the Beacon trial but I wanted to share some news. A reminder that I’m in the arm of trial with ceruximab and encorafenib. On November 20 my CEA was 15.9 and on December 24 (after 5 cycles) it was down to 5.1!!! I haven’t been this...
by NHMike
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Met in caudate lobe and artifactual spots
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Met in caudate lobe and artifactual spots

I looked at MGH's options for liver surgery and they are impressive so they have a lot of techniques available. I think that it's great to have the options of MGH and MSK. I'm also quite impressed with the folks that go through this surgery and clean up mets and stay cancer free for years.
by NHMike
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

I had a very large BM last night so there's a great deal of mental relief. I feel back to normal today which is saying something. I expect bowels to be irregular for a week and I'm taking it easy on the GI system for a week before going back to a more normal diet. I have not had what I would conside...
by NHMike
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

I haven't had a BM since Monday night which has had me anxious this week. But water has gone through and there's been lots of gas. So that had me more hopeful. I didn't really eat much since Tuesday evening so hopefully things squeeze out. Nothing like the fear of an SBO to keep you from eating a lot.
by NHMike
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 179
Views: 43407

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancerl

Hi Anne, all good here,, Met my surgeon last week and defered my reversal till end of Feb because of my shingles!!!! Also suggested stretching the rectum during surgery ( should be great fuckin fun lol) He checked via DRE in his office and he obviously seems to think it's a bit tight, TBH following...
by NHMike
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

Mike: Glad to hear that the worst of the SBO is behind you and that you are back at home. Home is where true healing begins. I have had a few open surgeries . . . And a few SBOs . . . One requiring surgical lysis of adhesions and several that decompressed with an NG tube and bowel rest. My own opin...
by NHMike
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3A Rectal Cancer Diagnosis
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

Re: Stage 3A Rectal Cancer Diagnosis

Welcome to the board and I'm happy to see that you've read a lot already and have some idea as to what to expect. I had a similar course of treatment with 28 days of Xeloda and Radiation, surgery in 8 weeks, and 7 months of Adjuvant chemo. I was able to work through the Xeloda and Radiation but I tr...
by NHMike
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1380
Views: 258258

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

I'm back at home. I was itching to get out as waiting around in the hospital is not my idea of a good use of time and hospital resources. I ate toast and oatmeal for lunch and haven't had any problems so far and it should have been long enough for it to make its way to the junction of the small and ...

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